Three months ago, Cole Palmer was a typical seven-year-old – energetic, active, loved Star Wars.
Now he can’t walk.
Cole is paralyzed from the chest down, due to Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer.
The Palmer family’s life took an ominous turn on New Year’s Eve, when Cole lost feeling feeling in his legs.
He was airlifted to the Children’s Hospital in Vancouver where a tumour was discovered on his spine. Cole underwent surgery the following day and remains at the Children’s Hospital.
Cole is expected to spend the next eight months at Children’s Hospital, undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and physiotherapy.
Nearly his entire year of 2017 will be spent in hospital.
His mom, Leah, and dad, James, are currently not working, in order to spend all their time by Cole’s side, and their extended medical insurance will soon run out.
The family with Comox Valley roots needs the community’s help.
There are a couple of local fundraising projects in place, including an online Facebook auction, and T-shirt sales.
“We are appealing to the compassionate hearts of Comox Valley residents and people everywhere for your support in this campaign,” said family friend Jan Luck, who is organizing the online auction. “I know the family no longer lives here, but Leah was born and raised here, she went to Arden Elementary, Lake Trail Junior, Vanier High school and North Island College, and she still has so many family and friends here, I thought we could rally together to help them out.”
“We are launching this fundraiser to try to alleviate some of the financial burden being placed on them right now.”
The Cole Thexton-Palmer/Fundraiser Online Auction can be found on Facebook
Luck has also set up a trust fund account at the Coastal Community Credit Unions in the Valley. Donations may be made directly in person to the “Cole Palmer Family Trust” account #779903 at the CCCU locations on Fourth Street, or Ryan Road, in Courtenay, Comox Avenue, in Comox, or the Campbell River branch.
“May the Force be with You” T-shirts, and chocolate bars are also available for purchase to raise funds to support Cole and his family.
There is also a crowdfunding page set up.
For more information on any of the fundraising platforms, call Luck at 250-334-4582.