A Fort Saskatchewan family was given a big surprise.
Lucas Pierce is a three-year-old boy that was recently diagnosed with cancer. Given that his type of cancer is undiagnosed, doctors have had a difficult time treating him and his family was eventually told Pierce's best chance is to get special radiation treatment in Florida.
His family started a GoFundMe page to try and raise money so that they could all go with him since the treatment is expected to take about two months.
After hearing of the family's struggles, they were picked to be MIX 107 and South Fort Chevrolet's Half Grand Helping Hand winner for February. The initial plan was to give the family $500 to put towards their goal.
However, a few local businesses decided they wanted to chip in even more. South Fort Chevrolet, Heartland Ford, Straightline Dodge, Fort Sask Autobody and Armour Self Storage all teamed up to donate a total of $16,500.
The family had no idea they were getting a bigger donation when they arrived at Southfort Chevrolet on Tuesday (Mar.8) and Pierce's mother, Amanda James, was brought to tears after hearing the news.
"This takes the massive financial burden off of everything that comes with this trip and it will give him the ability to even do some fun things while he's down there. For that, we'll always be grateful," said James.
She explained their whole family of six will be going down with him, thanks in large to this donation
"Fort Saskatchewan keeps us getting up every day and fighting for Lucas as much as we possibly can; they give us encouragement," she stated. "The compassion everybody feels for Lucas is amazing. He is a very special little boy. We honestly probably couldn't do this without the help of the community, so we are forever grateful."
They leave for the trip on Sunday (Mar.13) and hope Pierce will be cancer-free when they return.
You can nominate a group, organization, or sports team to win a Half Grand Helping Hand here. A winner will be drawn on the last Thursday of every month at 8:20 a.m. on MIX 107.