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Donation supports Kolton Garrioch

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(L-R) Dean Fontaine from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers presented a cheque for $5,000 to Audrey and Richard Garrioch. The funds will be directed to the medical needs of the Garriochs' grandson, Kolton. (Photo submitted)

The unionized workers at the Boundary Power Station have shown their support for Kolton Garrioch and his family.

Kolton is a one-year-old boy who has already suffered numerous health challenges. He was having trouble breathing when he was born, and a heart murmur was detected when he was four days old. He has had surgeries to correct three heart defects, and he has had other operations.

His father, Andrew, is from Torquay originally. His mother, Amy, hails from Great Falls, Montana. They have been struggling financially as they try to pay for Kolton's medical bills.

Kolton has continued to be in and out of hospital. His most recent hospital stay was in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was treated for breathing problems due to a collapsed lung. His left common carotid artery was, at one time, 90 per cent blocked, which put him at a high risk for a stroke.

He has undergone more surgeries, and has been released from the hospital in Utah. Kolton is now at home in Great Falls.

Dean Fontaine coordinated the fundraising initiative at Boundary Dam, and it generated $5,000. Fontaine has been working at Boundary Dam for nearly a year as an iron worker.

He heard about the initial fundraiser for Kolton in October, and was touched by the story. He felt compelled to initiate some fundraisers of his own to support the Garrioch family.

The proceeds were turned over on December 13 at Houston Pizza in Estevan – the site of one of the first fundraisers for Kolton.


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