If you find yourself in the Station Mall today or tomorrow, you may want to check out a special silent auction that is happening at the east end of the mall. ‘Auction for Kayge, Our Superhero’, is a collection of sports memorabilia that would be perfect items for Christmas gifts. The auction is ending soon, Saturday, December 1st at 9:00 pm.
Kayge Fowler was an ordinary five year old at the beginning of May, 2018, but before the end of the month he would begin the fight for his life. Kayge has been diagnosed with DIPG, a rare form of childhood brain cancer.
The auction can be found at the Station Mall’s east end, where a table is set up for folks to peruse the items in the collection. There are 4 lots, each with a different sports memorabilia theme. An anonymous donor has made all of this possible. “I want to remain anonymous because I am doing this just for doing it.” he shared in a telephone interview with Saultonline.
A facebook page detailing the items is constantly updated to keep bidders informed as to what the highest bid is sitting at. The display table in the mall also lists the highest bid for each lot. Check out the photo gallery for the complete collection in the silent auction.
Paul and Mandy Fowler’s five year old son Kayge was flown to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children May 25, where the couple was told Kayge has an inoperable brain tumour around his brain stem. The medical team in Toronto told the Fowler family in late May that DPIG is the most aggressive type of cancer a person can be diagnosed with and that there is no cure.
The Fowler family refused to accept that finality and have traveled to Mexico to seek experimental treatments for Kayge.
As Saultonline readers are aware, we have featured the story of the Fowler family’s journey to find Kayge medical treatment for his rare form of cancer. Jerry Flowler, Kayge’s grandfather sat down with Tim Murphy in July to share an update on Kayge’s health and medical expenses.
“The general expense, which has now amounted to 6 treatments in Mexico, are costing between $20,000 and $40,000 dollars per month. Kayge has been making encouraging progress from the medical treatments, and the community’s generosity has made it possible for the Fowler family to focus on Kayge’s treatments. It’s been a daunting task to undertake, but the way the community has come together is remarkable and has meant everything to the family.” the anonymous donor told saultonline.
In the featured interview below, Kayge’s father Paul Fowler and Jessica Findlay joined Tim Murphy in ONNtv’s studios in August. “We don’t want Kayge to be a statistic – there is always hope that Kayge will be the first person to survive this cancer.” shared Paul Fowler. “In the research, we have found some treatments that may slow the growth of the cancer – to shrink the tumour a much as possible. Kayge is a remarkable kid. We have to hold on to hope.”
The anonymous donor wished to express his “appreciation of Station Mall GM, Michael Szczepaniak, & everyone at the Station Mall and Centre Corp. for being so accommodating. We’ve been able to do this with zero cost. It’s been very heartwarming to watch the community come together to support the Fowler family.”
“Moving forward, I hope others will come forward and want to do the same kind of thing.” he said.
If no one is at the table while someone visits, there is a clip board where individuals can add a bid and/or leave contact information.
There is s a public skate today for PD day which runs from 11-2 at the GFL Memorial Gardens. The entire $5 fee (or $15 for a family) will go to the Fowlers family. Chis Dovigi from GFL provided the ice courtesy of GFL and they will also match the total money raised to double the proceeds from the skate.
Superior Media will continue to share Kayge’s story.