There is a fundraiser being held at Toledo High School on Jan. 14 at 12:30 p.m. for baby Titus Sickles, about to be born in January. It will be a live auction featuring such items as a Great Wolf overnight package, 8 hours of handyman services along with other auction items. They will also have a Taco Soup feed while the auction is going on.
Baby Titus, whose parents are Andy and Rena Sickles are expecting their baby boy to be born with a congenital heart defect known as Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, this means he will be born with only half a heart.
When Rena found out she was pregnant it was only a few weeks later that she discovered she had actually had twins, but she miscarried one of them. After the miscarriage she felt as though she was having a normal pregnancy since she has three other children. It was in her 5th month that they found out that Baby Titus would be born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Suzy Sickles, Andy's mom stated, "they were pretty devastated when they found out." They were referred to Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU).
After meeting with doctors at OHSU, they discovered "this is something that is rare but can be operated on and he can have a normal life," stated Suzy Sickles. "Once baby Titus is born, he will immediately undergo the first of three open heart surgeries," she continued.
The family needs our community support. "This money that is being raised is to assist the family with traveling and medical expenses along with food and lodging. Andy will continue to work as much as possible while Rena will be at the hospital with her three children," stated Suzy Sickles.
The family has only one income since Rena is a stay-at-home mother and also home schools her children.
Mark your calendars now to attend the live auction. If you are unable to attend the auction, you can donate either through the Go Fund Me account of 'Healing heart for baby Titus' or donations can be mailed to Rena's sister Kelsey at P.O. Box 1334, Tenino, Wa 98589.
Andy is the grandson of Oran and Katherine Sickles who resided in Winlock for many years.