Early this year, we shared the story of how Marianne Canada's career took her from bartender to host of HGTV's Weekday Crafternoon. Last week, in a whirlwind series of doctor's appointments, her infant son was diagnosed with a rare tumor. He started chemotherapy on Tuesday.
Within hours, Canada's friends began an email thread brainstorming ways to support Hugo and his family. A donation page was set up, and friends divided themselves into teams to organize care packages and meals. In less than a week's time, friends and coworkers have raised over $27,000 toward Hugo's medical expenses.
Over the past few days, Hugo's supporters have shown that online friends are real friends — and that they can be really resourceful. On a recent evening full of anxiety and fear, Canada tweeted that she was craving cheesecake. An hour later, a cheesecake delivery showed up at the hospital. Though Canada has only asked for prayers and hope for her baby, her friends — many of them mothers — have mobilized to do whatever they can to help the family through this difficult time.
As the story of Hugo's fight has spread, the hashtag #gohugo has begun to go viral on Twitter and Instagram. Dozens of photos and notes have been shared by friends and celebrities cheering Hugo on. At a time when hope is essential, these simple gestures of faith have brought comfort to the Canada family.
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