8th Birthday Inspires Generous Gift


Pictured above are (l-r): Elaine Graydon, Manager, Special Events, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, with Ryder, Michelle and Ally Hutton.

December 5, 2018

Ryder Hutton and his family have spent their fair share of time in Hospitals throughout Ontario. That’s because, when he was 4 years old, Ryder was diagnosed with leukemia. “We’ve spent time at Sick Kids in Toronto, at the Children’s Hospital in London, but also quite a bit of time here at the Paediatric Outpatient Department,” said his mother Michelle. Thankfully, Ryder finished treatment last February and celebrated his 8th birthday this October.

When asked what he wanted for his birthday, Ryder was at a bit of a loss, so Michelle planted the idea of making a donation somewhere. “We’ve been helped by so many people,” she said, “and I thought, if he was willing, it would be nice to give back.” Ryder decided he really liked the idea and they decided to make a donation of $265 from money he received from friends and family, to be split evenly between the Northern Cancer Fund and the Paediatric Fund. “He was really proud of amount and was happy to come in and present it,” recalled Michelle. “We’re all really proud of him and happy we can share how grateful we are for all the care he’s received.”

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