Young St. Marys resident raising money for stranger with cancer

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By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

When Jaxon Steffler heard about a St. Marys woman who had been diagnosed with cancer, he decided to do something to help.

Kelly Taylor of St. Marys received some of the most devastating news anyone can receive; she was diagnosed with cancer. According to her sister Julia White who spoke to CTV News Kitchener, Taylor "started out with colon cancer stage four which had spread into her liver. Two weeks later, she was in the hospital for headaches and found out she had spots on her lungs and a brain tumour."

Upon hearing the story, Steffler was inspired to begin Keychains For Kelly. He began making heart-shaped keychains sold by donation to raise money to help the family cover the costs of the incredibly challenging time they're going through. Taylor's husband is currently unable to work as he must stay home and look after their four kids.

So far, Steffler has raised more than $1,500 through the Keychains For Kelly program. Each keychain is made by hand by Jaxon, though due to the demand, he has recruited his siblings and other family members to help in the manufacturing process. Keychains can be purchased at several St. Marys businesses, including Hearn's Ice Cream, St. Marys Golf & Country Club, Delmar Foods Food Factory Outlet, and Little Caesars Pizza. A GoFundMe page was also started to help the family, which had a goal of $10,000 but has already raised more than $26,000. To give to the GoFundMe campaign, visit https://ca.gofundme.com/f/jmqzj-help.

Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, St. Marys Independent