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Family Fun fundraiser on the farm
The parents of Langley’s tiny miracle baby Greyson O’Neill are hoping people will come out to a Family Fun Farm Day on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Extreme Equestrian in Aldergrove.
The farm is located at 25039 8 Avenue.
“It’s going to be a great day,” said Greyson’s dad James O’Neill. The first-time parent has been by his baby’s bedside every day since he was born in July.
The owners of Extreme Equestrian offered to host a family day to help them out as they were struggling financially. But Greyson’s parents decided the funds should go to help the hospital that has helped them so much. Any extra will go to a 17-year-old single mom they met, who has a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit.
The family day will include horse and pony rides, a petting zoo, archery demonstrations, a pig roast, silent auction, live entertainment and even some karaoke, at which O’Neill is always willing to take the mic.
The entire day is by donation. They are asking people to bring a baby item for the Langley food bank.
Greyson spent the first six weeks of his life at B.C. Children’s Hospital, where he had successful surgery to close a heart valve.
Greyson has since been moved to the neonatal unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital and is improving every day. But it won’t be until early November, which was his actual due date, before he can go home.
Langley’s littlest baby, Greyson O’Neill came into this world weighing less than two pounds and was the size of his dad’s hand.
Now he is more than four pounds and had his first bath a week ago, said O’Neill.
When Greyson was born at Peace Arch Hospital 15 weeks early, he wasn’t breathing and even when he did, doctors feared he wouldn’t make it.
“It was the worst thing in the world to hear from the doctors but Greyson showed them miracles do happen,” said O’Neill and Heard.
Weighing one pound, 14 ounces he was rushed to Vancouver and into the NICU where he had spent the first six weeks of his life.
The parents have remained by their baby’s side, and their world has turned into a day-to-day emotional roller coaster as they fall in love with their tiny bundle of joy. But with little income, the couple have struggled financially. O’Neill is on leave from his job and Heard is back at work one day a week. A fundraiser held by friends and family at Townhall Public House a couple weeks ago raised around $3,000 for the couple and people have donated to a trust fund.