A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the mother and son involved in a serious crash near McLean.
Lisa Lafontaine and her 6-year-old son, Tyson Hrycenko, were in an SUV that collided with a tow truck on Mar. 18. The tow truck was part of a procession showing respect for a driver who was killed on the job.
The tow trucks blocked the highway so emergency crews could reach the crash.
Lafontaine was taken to hospital in Regina while her Tyson was taken to Saskatoon by STARS Air Ambulance.
Reilly Wood grew up with Scott Hrycenko, Lafontaine’s partner, and she started the campaign. This is the description of the campaign from the page:
“On Saturday, March 18, Lisa and her son Tyson, 6, were in a car accident while driving to McLean, Sask., from Regina. The two were T-boned by a tow truck and were left with life-threatening injuries. The accident caused the car to be crushed in from the passenger side. Lisa and Tyson were both taken to the hospital in Regina, however, Tyson was then airlifted to Saskatoon. Lisa is in critical condition in the ICU and has been found to have a bruised liver, blood clot under her heart, and torn diaphragm — she is currently in and out of consciousness. Tyson, who is in Saskatoon receiving care, is now in an induced coma to monitor a bleed detected in his brain. This accident has caused very difficult emotional and financial burdens on the family. Scott, Tyson’s father, and Lisa’s partner, is staying put in Saskatoon with his son, while Lisa’s family is able to be in Regina with her. However, Scott’s family is unable to be in Saskatoon with him during this difficult time as working is a priority to help try and cover the medical and personal costs that are starting to pile up with both parents being absent from work. This fundraiser will help the family maintain costs at their residence here in Regina, as well as covering costs for family travel and emergent care services.”
Wood had never set up a GoFundMe page before and was surprised by the amount of support it received.
“Just seeing my family’s support, just friends of friends that I know,” Wood said. “Some of these people I know have never met the family.”
She is also planning another fundraiser for the family, with companies contacting her and asking how they can help out.
Wood said Tyson remains in hospital and has been taken out of an induced coma. He is being monitored by doctors and they are doing consistent brain activity tests.
Wood added Lafontaine is recovering, and wants to get well enough to go up to Saskatoon to be with Tyson and Scott.
“She’s working as hard as she can to get back on her feet just to be there with her son.”
Lafontaine has been using FaceTime on her phone to communicate with Scott and Tyson in Saskatoon. Wood said it’s heartbreaking to see because Lafontaine wants to be in Saskatoon so badly.
“She feels she’s there as much as she can be.”
The goal for the campaign is $8,000 and any extra money raised will be donated to the Children’s Hospital Foundation.