The Millet Fire Department is lighting up the fire hall this season with holiday spirit for a good cause.
This holiday season the CP Holiday Train will not be making its regular stop in Millet due to the cancellation of the event because of COVID-19 concerns. However, the Millet Fire Department still wants the residents of Millet to have an evening where they can enjoy some socially distanced music and holiday lights.
The Millet Fire Hall will be decorated for the 2020 festive season and there will be an official event, “Light it Up for Liam” on Dec. 12, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
This socially distanced event encourages community members to fill their to-go mugs with their favourite hot drink and then drive or walk past the fire hall to enjoy festive music and a chance to see other community members while appropriately distanced.
The Millet Fire Department’s Community Relations Teams says, “While this event is directed to the merriment of our community, a donation boot will be on site with all proceeds going to [firefighter] Mark Bruun’s family in support of the challenges they face as their son battles a rare condition known as MPS1.”
Despite the diagnosis being very recent, the Bruun family have been told that their son Liam will need a wheel chair as he grows because his bones will grow with deformities and his cervical spine will weaken.
In the coming months and years the Bruuns will face considerable economic impact from specialized clothing and equipment needs, modifications to the family home, a specialized vehicle, treatments outside the home, and the need for Diana Bruun to give up her full time hours as a nurse to provide the continual at-home medical care that Liam requires.
This fundraising is near and dear to the members of the Millet Fire Department. The Millet Fire Department’s Community Relations Teams says, “Mark drops everything at the beck and call of the fire department pager to help others in their time of need—we hope his family can see the same in return.”
The Go Fund Me campaign for Liam can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/liams-mps-journey.