The residents of Stewart, B.C. are rallying around a young boy battling cancer.
Three-year-old Jayden Desa was diagnosed with leukemia just a month ago.
But already, friends and strangers have pulled together in a big way to help Jayden and his family.
A town of less than 400 put together an all-day event last weekend, raising a whopping $41,000.
Jayden and his family are currently in Vancouver’s Ronald McDonald house, where he is undergoing aggressive chemotherapy for his cancer.
His parents and little brother will be at his side in Vancouver for these next six months, leaving everything behind in Stewart.
Jayden’s father, David Desa, is one of only four RCMP officers in Stewart, and within days of his son’s diagnosis, the community launched into action.
For the Desa family, it’s yet another reason they’re thankful to call Stewart home.
“We will never be able to repay what [they] have given us,” says Desa. “I am not into public displays of affection, but if I could come up and hug every single one of you, I would.”
With files from Elaine Yong