Tumour patient, Layne Jean, received generous financial assistance Friday from a big-hearted Saint Lucian who lives overseas.
The donor is Carmen Barker who lives in New York.
Several of her friends donated funds.
Barker said Jean’s plight came to her attention when a friend sent her a video recording of the young Assou Canal resident.
“When I saw the video I sat on my bed and I got very emotional,” Barker said as she struggled to fight back tears.
“I sat on my bed and I am saying :’I have got to do something for this child’,” she told reporters.
Barker recalled calling a friend and informing the friend of her intention to help Jean.
“She said ‘but you’re not working.’ I said: ‘It doesn’t matter,'” the New York based donor said.
Barker said she sent the video recording of Jean to all her friends, one of whom offered his premises to host any event she had in mind.
She said she got in touch with Jean’s mother, Andrea, obtained a photo of the mother and the boy together for a poster and exchanged telephone numbers.
(Andrea Jean(l) and Carmen Barker)
Barker said she hosted a sold-out fund raising dance to raise money for the young tumour patient.
She presented a cheque in the sum of $21, 978 to Jean’s family.
The donation will help the youngster to obtain medical attention in the United States.
Jean is 21 years old.
He has a history of neurofibromatosis, a condition characterized by changes in skin coloring and the growth of tumors along nerves in the skin, brain, and other parts of the body.
Jean also has a worsening deformity to his spine and needs urgent corrective surgery.
The tumour partient had previous surgery in Martinique which left him wheelchair bound.
He has had his condition since he was a baby.
An interview with Jean appeared in the Times on January 29, 2017.