Fundraiser being held to aid Temagami boy’s health journey

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By Jamie Mountain

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

TEMAGAMI – A Temagami family is seeking the public’s help in offsetting their medical expenses.

Elliott Lacroix Belanger, seven, suffered a stroke at birth, causing Cerebral Palsy and a right Hemiplegia (limited use of his right side.)

The family is currently waiting for a surgery date that would help Elliott loosen the muscles in his leg so that he can walk flat-footed and be able to do everyday activities.

But due to COVID-19, the family says it’s taking much longer to get in to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario to have the procedure done.

“He has been undergoing Botox injections for the last four years, but unfortunately they are no longer working,” said Elliott’s father, Dan Lacroix Belanger, in an email message.

“His foot brace no longer fits because (it) is so tight, so they are at a complete standstill. The orthopaedic team, as well as pediatrics, believe he would benefit from serial casting to help stretch the muscles for the time being.”

The problem for the Lacroix Belanger family is that they are looking at three casts at $275 apiece for Elliott, along with the cost of travelling back and forth to North Bay to get the casts put on and taken off, which is a total of four trips.

“Unfortunately this procedure is not covered” by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan, said Lacroix Belanger.

He said the family hopes the serial casting will take place at the Nipissing Orthopaedic Laboratory in North Bay, with the family looking to book the first cast appointment today (January 20).

In order for all of the casting procedures to happen, a 50/50 draw fundraiser has been set up on the Jamie’s Army Facebook page.

Tickets cost $5 each or five for $20. You can send an e-transfer to kiellia002@msn.comto get in on the cause.

The fundraiser ends January 21 at 7 p.m.

As of yesterday morning, the draw had already raised $700 for the family.

“If you can help financially, (our) family would be forever grateful,” said Lacroix Belanger.

Jamie Mountain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temiskaming Speaker