JOHN DAY – A benefit yard sale last Saturday filled Keerins Hall, and hearts, to overflowing.
The proceeds will help pay for medical expenses for 7-month-old Julia Haney, daughter of Cammie and Ethan Haney of John Day.
In mid-September, following an injury, Julia was life-flighted to St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, where she underwent life-saving brain surgery followed by several days in the pediatric intensive care unit.
She was later transferred for inpatient care at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City until last week when the family returned home.
Family friend Marsha Delaney of Canyon City organized the benefit with the help of Karen Johnston, Cindy Tirico and Darlene Nodine – plus about 20 more volunteers.
“It went really well – we almost doubled our goal,” Delaney said. “I want to thank all those who volunteered their time and donated items, also the shoppers who really were generous in their support.”
She added, “When I took the proceeds to Cammie and Ethan, we all cried – they were very appreciative.”
Delaney said she had a goal of $1,500 and the event brought in over $2,600.
“It’s good to know that even though we live in a community that is economically stressed, people still are willing to come and give what they can to help those in need – you don’t find this everywhere,” she said.
The Haneys said they are encouraged at the progress their daughter makes each day, however, it is not yet known if her recovery will be 100 percent.
Julia will continue to receive periodic outpatient therapies which will require trips out of town.
People wishing to help with the expenses can donate to “Ethan and Cammie Haney” at Umpqua Bank.
“We are excited to continue to see her improve day by day and appreciate all of the well wishes and prayers on our behalf,” Cammie said on the family’s Caring Bridge site.