Thornhill residents gathered at the Thornhill Elementary School July 25 to raise money for school secretary Tammy Boehm who suffered a stroke July 18 requiring her to be flown to Vancouver for further treatment.
Donations in return for a provided lunch and other items will go toward defraying medical and other expenses and financing any home modifications that might be needed during her recovery.
Karen Brandenburg, a support teacher at Thornhill Elementary who works closely with Boehm, described Boehm as a “pillar of the school.”
“We all love Tammy. We wanted to do something to support them. It was really nice to see,” said Brandenburg of the gathering at the school.
“We have a very strong community. There was a lot of people that came out and we really appreciate that.”
Thornhill resident Bob Erb made a donation to Beyond Burgers as well as a donation to the pastry desk, but the bulk of the fundraising came from the broader community, raising roughly $8,000 in total. Thornhill Fire Department was in attendance, as was Janine Kraft of Kraft Communications, Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine Thornhill Director Ted Ramsey and numerous members of the Thornhill Community Association.
“It’s great to see the Thornhill community rally together to support Tammy and Terry Boehm,” he said.
A GoFundMe page has also been started Boehm’s family and friends to further provide for the expenses tied to staying in Vancouver.
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