Arnprior, Ont. boy sells stickers for his trip to Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital

Nine-year-old Easton Harris of Arnprior, Ont. is a strong boy.

In September 2021, Easton was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, which is a bone marrow failure. It means his body doesn’t make its own blood.

On August 16, Easton and his mother Amanda will attend Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital for a bone marrow transplant — a three-month stay.

“And while we’re there, we’ve decided Easton can sell some stickers in the hopes of getting some cash so he can have some new toys while we’re in the bed in the hospital,” Amanda Harris told CTV News Ottawa.

Easton made his #EastonStrong stickers. The hashtag represents Easton’s battle with aplastic anemia and the 70 transfusions and multiple surgeries he’s had since his diagnosis.

The family sells them for $10 each. They can be purchased by contacting [email protected] or by visiting Lincoln Mae Interiors in Arnprior.

“I’m not currently working for obvious reasons,” Harris said, referring to the care she has given her son.

“So things are a little tight, but we hope to make it easier for him and forget about his diagnosis while we’re there.”

Part of the money will be used for travel and accommodation in Toronto. But the two won’t be able to leave the hospital after the transplant, so Easton has his own plans for his sticker money.

“So just about just[buy]some new toys,” said the 9-year-old. “Transformers, Lego, I love Minecraft Lego.”

“I can’t imagine what they’re going through,” said Kristen Cooper, owner of Lincoln Mae Interiors. “I know it’s probably hard and tough with expenses and traveling to Toronto, so I just wanted to do what I could.”

Cooper has been friends with the family since opening her downtown store in October, and recently helped the Harris family get the stickers printed.

“It’s actually overwhelming, to be honest,” Harris says of the reaction after just a few days of selling. “Everyone is just so nice and so generous, and just send emails with words of wisdom and everyone is there for us for support. So it’s just fantastic.”

In just a few days they managed to sell almost 50 stickers.

But Easton wants to build on his momentum.

“He wants to go to LegoLand,” Harris says, “so once he’s better, we hope to take a trip to LegoLand.”

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