Thirteen-year-old Sheldon Williams of Chilliwack. (GoFundMe)

Church community raising funds for young Chilliwack hand amputee

Fundraiser Saturday for 13-year-old Sheldon Williams injured in ATV accident

A 13-year-old Chilliwack boy’s friends, family and church community are rallying behind him after he lost his hand in a recent ATV accident.

Sheldon Williams was near Princeton on July 19 with his family for a weekend of riding.

Less than two hours into the fun he had a serious rollover. The young teen suffered a severe crush injury and a compound fracture to his right forearm.

He and his father were flown to B.C. Children’s Hospital where doctors did what they could, but his hand had to be amputated one week later.

“Imagine being 13 years old and having this happen to you,” said Jonathan Kornelsen, student ministries pastor at Central Community Church. “It would drastically change your life.”

Williams is an athletic young man who plays rep soccer on a local under-16 team.

Friends, family and his church community are hoping to raise funds for trauma therapy, a prosthetic limb that includes a myoelectric hand for sports and other activities, and other expenses, including technology for daily living and school.

“This will only slow him down for a time but Sheldon has a never-give-up attitude which will carry him through,” Kornelsen said.

A GoFundMe has been created to help out, Sheldon’s Prosthetic Fund, and his church and youth group invite the community to come out Saturday to the church to gather empties to help out the family.

The family welcomes the community to bring cans and bottles August 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Central Community Church, 46100 Chilliwack Central Rd.

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