MOUNT FOREST – The community of Mount Forest showed just how much it cares about one of their own last Saturday.
Hearts For Hayden, a fundraiser for Hayden Foulon, the daughter of Jon and Lindsay Foulon (nee Rawn), exceeded the expectations of everyone involved.
“We had a goal of raising $20,000 for Hayden’s family, and we were able to surpass that,” said Michelle Matheson, a member of the organizing committee. “We raised close to $30,000 that day.”
The event was planned to help Jon and Lindsay pay for some of Hayden’s medical bills. After being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of two, she was given a clean bill of health last spring. However, last October the Foulons found out that the cancer had returned.
Matheson and a group of seven other people got together to plan Hearts For Hayden, a full day of fun for the entire family that included face painting, a hot dog lunch, and a meet and greet with members of the PAW Patrol during the day, and an age of majority Valentine’s themed dance at night that featured both a live and silent auction.
“It was overwhelming the crowd we had for PAW Patrol,” said Matheson. “People just kept coming and coming.”
She said that people started to line up at 9:30 a.m. for the meet and greet, and by 10:15 a.m. the line went from inside the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex, out the door and to the road at Princess St. Matheson estimated that more than 700 people attended the event during the day, with an additional 300 for the dance that night.
The daytime events were admission by donation, with some people just dropping by to donate money.
“Some people just dropped in, gave us a donation and left again,” she said. “The community really came together to help this family.”
Matheson said that the Foulons could not believe how successful the day was.
“When I called Lindsay and told her that we not only reached our goal, but exceeded it, she was speechless,” said Matheson. “They were completely blown away by the generosity of this community.”
Matheson said that even though the family hasn’t been in Mount Forest for a long time – Lindsay’s parents Wayne and Ruth Anne still call Mount Forest home – Mount Forest still considers them “one of their own.”
“Personally I think the success of this event lets you know that no matter where you go, you still have a home,” she said. “They may not have lived here in a while, but people here still consider them a part of the community.”
“While it took eight of us to plan this and 20 volunteers to make it happen, it is really the heart of the community that made this possible,” added Matheson.