Catholic charities are raising $100,000 each to help a sick daughter in need.
The money raised by a campaign dubbed “The Barnum’s Fund” will go towards paying for a hospital stay for her son, who needs a bone marrow transplant.
The fundraiser is set to launch on Saturday and is meant to help raise money for two of the two charities that are helping with the costs of the operation.
“It’s a huge amount of money, and it’s going to be used to pay for the hospital stay,” said Jocelyn Gebremariam, who runs the Barnum Foundation in Toronto, which will be the organization behind the campaign.
“But the money we’re raising today, we’re also going to spend to support our children.”
“It would be great if we could be able to help as many people as we can,” she said.
“The more people that we can support, the more people will be able.”
A spokesperson for the Barnums Fund told CBC News the charity would like to raise more money for other charities in the future.
“The Barnums Foundation will not be providing a fundraising response, but we will be doing everything we can to raise money and awareness for a variety of charities in our community,” the spokesperson said in an email.
The Barnams Foundation has set up a GoFundMe page to raise the money needed to pay the hospital costs.
Gebremas said they’ve been asked to contribute to the GoFundme account in case the fundraising campaign fails.
Gebremars daughter has a rare disease called osteosarcoma, which causes bone marrow failure.
The family had to wait nearly four years for a transplant because of the disease, but her life has turned around and she’s starting a new chapter in her life.
“She’s very resilient and she has been living life on her own terms, and she really has been able to keep that going,” said Gebrea.
“We’ve had a lot of setbacks along the way, but now we’re starting to get to a place where we can finally start the next chapter.”