GoFundMe for parents of St. Catharines toddler nears halfway point


Published February 9, 2023 at 9:32 am

A GoFundMe account has been launched to help the St. Catharines family of one-year-old Calleigh Cameron with the financial costs of caring for a sick child. (Photo: GoFundMe)

A GoFundMe for the parents of a hospitalized St. Catharines toddler is closing in on the halfway point of its $25,000 goal.

Calleigh Cameron, a year and a half old, has been going through a number of operations after being born with a rare congenital heart defect, including two open heart surgeries in the past week.

Started by a family friend, Michael Burgio, the fundraiser is looking to raise money for her parents who have been shuttling back and forth to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto as they also have a three-year-old boy at home.

“We know this can’t change the circumstances surrounding Calleigh’s condition or the emotions experienced but we hope it will ease the financial costs of what is entailed with a sick child (travel, gas, parking, food, hotel stays, lost wages with work, etc),” said Burgio in the fundraiser.

As of this morning (Feb. 9), the GoFundMe has raised $10,720 towards its goal.

Burgio says Calleigh, born on July 23, 2021, will be hospitalized for a minimum of two more weeks at the Toronto hospital while she recovers.

“The Cameron family is one of the strongest and most loving people we know so we would like to take some of the weight off their shoulders. We have no doubt that Calleigh will come out on top, healthy and full of smiles.”

In the meanwhile, he said, “Please consider donating to our amazing friends to help ease the financial burden and show your support.”

Noting the support the fundraiser has received, Burgio posted an update, saying “We are so happy with the progress and it just goes to show how loved and supported Calleigh is by all of those who know and love her!”

If you’re interested in helping out, go to the GoFundMe HERE.

Calleigh Cameron is all smiles at Toronto Sick Kids Hospital.

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