Fundraising begins to help Oxford boy

Darrell Cole
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Gage Mattinson suffers from severe epilepsy

Family friends have come forward to raise money to help Gage Mattinson receive treatment at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children.

Four-year-old Gage Mattinson of Oxford needs treatment at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children.

OXFORD – A fundraising effort is underway to help a four-year-old Oxford boy get treatment at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.

A group of his mother’s friends is organizing a benefit dance and silent auction at the Oxford branch of the Royal Canadian Legion on Oct. 5.

Gage Mattinson is the youngest son of Amanda Mattinson and Chad Fortune. He suffers from severe epilepsy and was recently referred to the Toronto sick children’s hospital.

“On the outside looking at Gage you would think he is just a typical little boy until you notice all the battle scars he has been left with from seizures that occur with no warning – black eyes, a bruised forehead, a split lip and a scar from where he needed stitches. This is just what you can see,” family friend Tara Nix said. On the inside, as a result of having multiple seizures and medication side effects, he suffers from chronic tiredness, aggression he can’t control, loss of appetite, embarrassment, loss of bladder control, nausea and depression.”

His battle with epilepsy started at age one. While it was something everyone hoped he would grow out of, his epilepsy has worsened to the point he is having up to 60 seizures during the day and through the night.

He has also suffered through many types of seizures and doctors and family members have seen times when hasn’t been able to speak or has trouble communicating.

In his young life, Gage has been treated by Dr. Peter Blaikie and a team of neurologists at the IWK Children’s Hospital in Halifax, who have worked to try to find a solution and medication that would control his seizures.

In referring him to Toronto, Gage will be seen by a new team of specialists, who could provide some answers to his worsening seizures.

“Gage is a handsome boy with striking eyes, an infectious smile and a personality like no other,” family friend Julie Mitchell said. “Gage and his family need help as they continue down this courageous road of helping him live a long, healthy, happy life.”

If you are unable to attend the auction and dance, donations can be made to Gage Mattinson at any branch of the Scotiabank or by contacting Nix at 297-3204, Mitchell at 664-3487, Dawn Thompson at 694-9498 or Nicole Moore at 664-1150.


Organizations: Hospital for Sick Children, Royal Canadian Legion, Hospital in Halifax Scotiabank

Geographic location: Oxford, Toronto

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