Dawn Harding drew on her experiences fundraising earlier in the year when orgaizing support for Tim Mighton. submitted photo

Quesnel woman paying it forward through cancer GoFundMe

Dawn Harding’s fundraiser has raised nearly $9,000 to support her brother’s cancer diagnosis

When Dawn Harding learned her brother, Tim Mighton, had stage four liver cancer, it was another blow to a family that has had a “very hard year.”

Harding’s husband was also diagnosed with cancer in December of 2019, and had a GoFundme organized. Now she’s paying that kindness forward by organizing a campaign of her own.

“It was a very big kick in the stomach,” Harding noted in an email. “It’s so hard to be helpless, so it was matter of what can we do to help them? We knew how much our GoFundMe had helped us – and not at all the money, but just seeing how many people cared about us and wanted to help us. I wanted my brother and his wife to have that same dose of love. Nothing eases the hardship more than people showing you that you mean something to them.”

The campaign has been shared nearly 600 times, and has raised $8,750 of a $10,000 goal so far.

“The response has been tremendous,” Harding said. “Not just from the GoFundMe, but the community where my brother lives showed up and filled his garage with fire wood and brought food and cash donations as well. He’s always been the kind of guy to give the shirt off of his back, move strangers into his home to give them a chance to get back on their feet, rescue his little sisters in distress, just be an all around terrific human being.

For Mighton, who was raised in Quesnel and now lives in Fauquier, B.C. on Arrow Lake, his cancer treatment is complicated by the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Cancer treatment during a pandemic is very hard, a lot of what you have to go through you have to do it alone,” Harding said. “I’d like to thank everyone that’s donated. My brother and his family were blown away. We are so grateful.”

The campaign can be found at www.gofundme.com/f/6fzmwm-ian-needs-your-help.

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Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email: cassidy.dankochik@quesnelobserver.com


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