TUSCOLA, Illinois (WCIA) — A group of moms has organized a fundraiser for Colton Rahn and Dilynn Wilson, who both have cerebral palsy.
“She’s having surgery to get everything straight and to be able to walk completely normally and all that,” said Josh Wilson, Dilynn’s father.
Colton was recently diagnosed with cancer.
“He’s had a journey with cerebral palsy and epilepsy, the diagnosis was definitely a shock,” said Katie Parker, Colton’s mother.
Dilynn and Colton’s story has touched the hearts of many, so a group of moms decided to run a fundraiser to help pay the medical bills.
“We’ve reached out to these companies and they’ve been more than generous in opening their doors,” said Marla Vearil, one of the moms who organized the fundraiser.
Six entrepreneurs decided to donate part of their profits to the families. And for Joe’s Pizza and Shimmer and Sheek Boutique, it was an easy decision to support.
“People are always so willing to give in this community that we had the opportunity to help, so we took it,” said Sarah Vitale, owner of Joe’s Pizza.
“We didn’t know the family personally, but it’s about being part of the community to bring everyone together and show our support,” says Taylor Reifsteck.
The community showed up to do their part.
“Allen and I came downtown, we’re going to get some food and drinks and shopping,” Marci Shoemaker said.
That support is why both families still live in Tuscola.
“Just absolutely wonderful, it’s one of the great things about life in Tuscola,” Wilson said.
“We didn’t ask for anything, but it’s part of the reason we stayed at Tuscola, they were great,” Parker said.