Residents asked to send cheer to hospitalized teen


The family of William Moody Jr. is hoping people can mail some Christmas cheer to the Fort Frances teen who is set to spend the holidays in a Thunder Bay hospital.
Born with spina bifida, Moody has not been well recently, said his grandmother, Val Calder, and has been hospitalized in the ICU unit at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital since Nov. 8.
So she’s hoping even just a few people will be able to send him and his mother, Kelly Rae Calder, who has been at his side the whole time, some Christmas cards to brighten the holidays.
“These cards would be really be a fun thing for them,” Calder said, explaining while Moody’s mind and heart are strong, one of the few things he’s been able to do while in the hospital is watch movies.
Cards can be sent to Moody in care of his aunt, Pat Cupp, at 233 University Dr., Thunder Bay, Ont., P7C 2C3.
When the cards arrive, Cupp will ensure they’re “hand-delivered with love,” said Calder.
“That would be their whole bright spot in the day when Auntie Pat brings in these cards and they can open them up and see who is thinking of them,” she added.
To help bring Christmas cheer, the family already has put up a tree and decorated Moody’s intensive care room as best as they could, Calder noted.
Moody, who requires a wheelchair to get around, just recently turned 16 on Nov. 29.
For the first eight years of his life, Moody was treated through the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, with the support of the Easter Seals Society and local Kiwanis Club.
He then was under the care of the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Montreal.
Throughout the years, many local businesses and groups have rallied together to support the family.
Most recently, Moody was selected by local Safeway staff as the focus of their 2007-08 “We Care” campaign, which raised the $15,000 needed to purchase and install a portable lift at his home here.