A photo of Scarlett Seymour’s mom and dad, Amanda and Jacob at Monday’s A Tasty Fundraiser

A Port Sydney girl’s family is thanking everyone for their overwhelming support.

Amanda Seymour told the My Muskoka Now newsroom that around 100 people bought tickets to A Tasty Fundraiser for her daughter Scarlett. Monday’s fundraiser brought in more than $13,000 for the family.  It was a 12-course sit-down tasting on the Lady Muskoka in Bracebridge that saw a number of local restaurants take part.

Scarlett was born in July and will spend the first year of her life at SickKids Hospital in Toronto because of a birth defect called an omphalocele. That means Scarlett’s liver, stomach, gallbladder, and bowels are on the outside of her body. She also has scoliosis because the weight of the omphalocele pulling on her spine.

Seymour said she had “no words” when she saw the way the community had come together. “I was speechless at the amount of support.  I just want to thank everyone from the bottom of hearts.”

The money raised will be going towards things like helping with the family’s current transportation costs and the future medical equipment that Scarlett will need when she gets out of the hospital.

Seymour and her husband were both able to attend Monday’s fundraiser in person thanks to family who stepped up to take care of Scarlett. “I was just very, very happy to be able to attend while I was at home enjoying some nice time with friends and family. It was well needed and definitely brought my spirits up.”

In addition to everyone who showed up and donated, Seymour also said she wants to thank all of the restaurants who took part.