PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — For the third consecutive year, a Milwaukie family will sell Christmas trees to help raise money to pay for their daughter’s surgeries.
Noelle Myers’ daughter, Poppy, was born with a rare genetic disorder called Apert syndrome. According to WebMD, babies with the disorder are born with a distorted shape of the head and face and can also have other birth defects.
The disorder has no cure, but WebMD states surgery can help correct some of the problems. Myers said Poppy has already had major cranial reconstructions, but now needs two more surgeries to separate the fingers on her hands.
The tree sale started as a way to help get Poppy to Texas to meet with a specialist, said her mother.
“We have raised enough money to get her the first half of the surgery,” Myers said. “But, unfortunately, our plane tickets were booked and our hotel was booked and we were ready to fly out and I noticed she had a mass in her neck just, like, a couple weeks before we were supposed to leave.”
Poppy had to have that surgery and is healing now. Her hand surgery has been re-scheduled for this spring in Boston.
Myers said it has not been easy getting the funding to pay for the surgeries. Poppy is on the Oregon Health Plan, which denied the coverage for out-of-network providers. She said there isn’t a surgeon in Oregon in the network that is able to perform this delicate surgery on a child who will turn 3 in February.
The specialist in Boston has done this surgery numerous times, she said.
But the Christmas tree sale does more than supply some of the money.
“Knowing that my community came together and people we don’t even know drove from 30 miles away to get a Christmas tree when they passe 25 tree lots on the way here, but they did it to support a little girl that most of them never met,” she told KOIN 6 News.
“Honestly, the love that I see in this one weekend keeps me going all year,” Myers said. “It really does.”
The Myers will sell their Christmas trees Friday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. The location is 3122 SE Walta Vista Court in Milwaukie. The trees are between 4 feet and 9 feet tall, and each sells for $35.
Kids activities are planned plus a scavenger hunt, a choir, a bake sale and Santa Claus.
Learn more about Poppy Myers on their website: Poppy Seeds