Garage sale that really hits home

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A Sturgeon Heights garage sale set for this weekend has a helpful purpose behind it.

Leanne McArthur said that her son Riley and his friend Tylor were in a serious car accident in Edmonton on Aug. 16. They were driving after midnight when the driver lost control going around a corner, hitting a parked truck before flipping over.

They have been best friends since they were 9. Riley, she said, is thankfully going to be all right although he endured a small skull fracture and has lost hearing in his left ear. Details of Tylor’s injuries, however, are fairly alarming.

“Tylor, on the other hand, is not good. He’s got a massive brain injury. His skull actually split in half, which was a good thing in a way because it gave the brain a little bit of room to swell. But the swelling is not coming down. Yesterday, they were taking fluid out of his brain to relieve some of the pressure,” McArthur said.

He is in ICU and has been in and out of a coma, though he has started breathing on his own. He can speak a few words but can only manage limited movement in his right hip and leg. The full extent of his injuries is not yet known.

The garage sale is meant to raise money to help with Tylor’s rehabilitation and other expenses that might be incurred, such as renovations to modify his house and help his parents as they try to juggle work commitments and spending time with their son in the hospital.

“What we’re trying to do is first of all just raise money for the family. Anything will help at this point. We just don’t know what to do.”

The garage sale will take place at 21 Sheridan Dr. on Aug. 31 from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Sept. 1 and Sept. 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cry havoc and let loose the pooches at the pool

The annual dog swim at the Grosvenor Outdoor Pool is almost upon us. The facility’s last day of summer operations also serves as the one day that the dogs get to take over. This year’s event will be held on Monday, Sept. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is a donation to help support the Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS). Monetary donations are preferred, but the organization will also accept animal-related products such as cat litter, pet food and treats, and training pads or gift cards.

SCARS promotes the humane care and protection of all animals and works to prevent animal cruelty and suffering. The organization takes in as many homeless pets as it has capacity for and typically has more than 200 in care at any one time. It has rehomed nearly 10,000 animals that are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and given whatever care they need.

For the event, humans are advised to bring their own cleanup bags and to use them should the need arise. Dogs must be up to date on their rabies shots and vaccines, too. Visit www.scarscare.ca to learn more about the organization.

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Scott Hayes

Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.