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Support for young Kenzie overwhelms family
Overwhelming community support for special causes is nothing new in the valley and the Sept. 14 garage sale for 2 1/2 year old Kenzie Lynn Hamilton is just another example.
Kenzie is having brain surgery on Friday pertaining to her diagnosis of Tuberous Sclerosis. A Facebook page has been set up for information on TSC and to keep people updated on her progress at www.facebook.com/kenzieandtsc.
The family still can't believe the response the garage sale generated.
"It went very, very well,'' said Kenzie's grandmother Wendy Tague.
"We were higher than kites, to say the least.''
Tague said at least 1,000 people turned up during the sale on Jaynes Road.
"We have shed many tears and are still in awe at the support of our friends, family and community,'' noted Kenzie's mom Tracy Hamilton.
"What we thought was going to be a small garage sale between friends and family became so much more. The world is a better place because of communities like this one and people like all of you. We could not possibly feel more loved than this.''
Kenzie has experienced many ups and downs since her TSC diagnosis. Tracy indicated just when hopes seem on the rise so have her troubles as she grows.
It's hard to stay positive and keep on fighting when she and husband Dusty feel defeated, Tracy conceded.
Tague and close family friend Kathy Ruckemesser organized the garage sale and helped raise awareness about TSC, characterized by its affect on the central nervous system that causes seizures and other developmental conditions such as autism or behavioural problems.
Many family members and friends came forward to donate items and helped at the actual sale.
Tracy Hamilton was grateful for the contributions of Wes Swain and the Cody Classic volunteers, Audie Williams and the Davey Derby group, the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP and the Duncan Fire Department. Dusty became a volunteer fireman this summer.
The money raised, Tracy said, will ease the financial burdens and help them focus on Kenzie's current and future needs.
"The feeling of the arms of our community, family and friends around us is what is getting us through,'' stressed Tracy. "It has touched our hearts more than you could ever truly know. We are forever grateful to be able to call Duncan our home and its community our family.''