Uxbridge tot has town behind him heading into surgery

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A recent news story about a local toddler who requires major surgery has inspired Uxbridge to rally around the boy and his family.

The Oct. 22 edition of the Cosmos featured a story about three-year-old Evan Paterson, who is preparing for brain surgery and whose family was looking for donations to support his recovery. Since then, Evan’s story has garnered much attention and his family has received overwhelming support.

“We can’t begin to tell you how it even feels, we get emotional when any donation comes in, no matter what size it is, but to see the community we live in come together like this is just unimaginable,” says Evan’s mom, Samantha Bishop.

When the Cosmos first published Evan’s story, his fundraiser had accumulated a little over $5,600. The GoFundMe campaign, titled Hope for Evan, now sits at over $14,600. Bishop says they have also received donations separate from the online platform.

“We got a letter from the Uxbridge Baptist Church - they sent us warm and healthy wishes, a prayer for Evan and us, and they came together and donated $1,500. The letter was beyond kind and made us cry but in the best way.”

The Facebook group Uxbridge Helping Hands has also organized a raffle, with all proceeds going towards Evan’s recovery fundraiser. After seeing the article, group administrator, Lori Shaw, was inspired to help the cause. Shaw sent a note out to the group vendors and members, and they began the raffles yesterday, continuing through this week.

“Our community never fails to rally when asked for help so the response has been awesome thus far,” says Shaw.

“These last couple of weeks have been hard,” says Bishop. “You have days as parents where you get cold feet and wonder if you are doing the right thing. It gets especially hard when he looks at you, and cuddles you, because it makes you feel guilty in a way, knowing that he has no idea what’s going on or what’s about to happen. But at the end of the day, we know that we are making the right, and quite frankly only choice, to provide Evan with the best opportunities in life.”

Bishop says that Evan has been seizure-free since Oct. 11, which will give his brain a rest before his surgery. He will go in for pre-op work and a mandatory COVID test on a couple of days before his surgery, which is scheduled for the 9th.

Bishop and Evan’s father, Scott Paterson, express their thanks to “everyone in this community who has helped us through this difficult time and let them know that we appreciate everything everyone has done for Evan.”

Justyne Edgell, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Uxbridge Cosmos