Dance, silent auction in Langford to help ailing tot

Supporters of a Central Saanich child struck with several devastating diseases are raising money for the family in Langford on Friday night.

Supporters of a Central Saanich child struck with several devastating diseases are raising money for the family in Langford on Friday night.

Three-year-old Nathan Loukes suffers from several severe medical challenges, including blindness and a crippling bone disease called osteogenesis imperfecta.

To support Nathan’s mother and father, Joey and Jen, his grandmother Janet Reynolds has organized a dance and silent auction at the Langford Legion on Friday night.

Reynolds is trying to raise $20,000 to help the family get by. Nathan’s mother can’t work due to frequent trips to the Children’s Hospital in Vancouver and other medical appointments.

Reynolds has assembled a vast assortment of silent auction items, including hotel vouchers, sports gear and a hockey stick used during several Stanley Cup playoffs.

“There’s been a lot of generosity,” Reynolds said. “The number of (silent auction) items keeps getting bigger and bigger.”

Nathan was born blind and later diagnosed with congenital glaucoma. Earlier this year, he was also diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta, which has led to broken bones in his ankles, wrists, finders, toes and two broken vertebrae — his L3 and L5 both have compression fractures.

The dance and silent auction to support the Loukes family is Oct. 28, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., at the Langford Legion, 761 Station Ave. Search for “Nathan Loukes” on Facebook for more.

—with files from the Comox Valley Record and the Goldstream News Gazette


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