Fundraiser planned for youth with severe aplastic anemia

coulter fundraiser

 

By Ron Giofu

 

April 9 will be a day the Coulter family likely won’t ever forget.

It was the day Seth Coulter, a Grade 10 student at General Amherst High School, fell ill with the illness turning into a stressful nightmare for his parents and loved ones.

“Seth gave me a text saying he wasn’t feeling good and asked if I could get him a doctor’s appointment,” explained father Dave.

That appointment was made and they were off to the Amherstburg Family Health Team to see a physician but while waiting in the hallway at Seasons Amherstburg, things went seriously wrong.

“While we were in the hallway, that was wen our son passed out face-first,” said mother Tina.

After 911 was called and Seth rushed to Windsor, he would eventually be transferred to London.

“At first, they thought it was leukemia which is why they brought him to London,” said Tina.

After more blood work and biopsies were performed, doctors became suspicious that it was severe aplastic anemia and confirmed that diagnosis roughly one month after the ordeal began.

“My wife has been here all but three days,” said Dave.

A bone marrow transplant is an option with Seth currently going immune suppression therapy in an attempt to “re-boot” his bone marrow.

“That is the route we have started,” said Tina

There is no timetable as to when the process will be complete, she added, as it could take up to six months.

“It all depends on the person,” Dave stated.

Dave and Tina describe their current situation as “very frightening,” “heart-wrenching,” “stressful” with “lots of crying.”

“Not being close to home makes it harder,” Tina said.

To compound their ordeal further, the house the family had been renting has been sold with the Coulters forced to move by June 26.

“As of now, we don’t have a place,” said Tina. “Everything is very hard right now.”

A fundraiser is planned for June 8 at the Shooter’s location in Harrow. The all-day event features a pasta dinner between 6-8 p.m. There will also be live entertainment, raffle and door prizes.

Proceeds will go to offset medical costs, transportation and trying to find a new place to live.

The family is thankful for all the support they have received and also give a “shout out” publicly to Seth, who celebrated his 16th birthday this past Sunday. Dave said it was “amazing” how fast the community rallied behind the cause and offered support.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under and are available at Shooter’s, Jellystone Park or by calling Tina at 226-347-8791.

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