Family, friends rally for heart patient

Shawn Cummings is a husband, father of four and sole proprietor of Raw Industries.

The owner of the auto body shop located in the industrial park is also recovering form major heart surgery and unable to work.

On a positive note, Cummings prognosis is excellent – if he takes the time to recover.

But his family and friends worry that the 38-year-old will return to work too soon, possibly with serious repercussions.

Cummings had a cyst growing on his thymus, which was pushing on a lung and his heart, which literally caused a heart attack.

Released from hospital on Monday, Cummings has been told recovery will be about eight weeks. But as a business owner, he does not qualify for employment insurance and has no other funding source to fall back on.

Enter family friend Jodie Pruden, who has begun a double-sided fundraising campaign on behalf of the Cummings family.

In one online campaign, donors may visit, a free online fundraising site.

Pruden says she chose the YouCaring site because she heard about it from a friend in Alberta and discovered there are options to share through social media.

Donations are made securely through PayPal or WePay.

“Shawn has been there, giving generously of his time, expertise and money to his friends and neighbours throughout his whole life,” posted Pruden on the website. “This is our chance to give back.”

The goal is to raise $5,000, and for those who don’t want to donate online, Pruden is donating the proceeds from flower sales.

“I sell fresh-cut flowers from my house and all the proceeds from  the next eight weeks will go to Shawn and his family.”

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