This years Share the Love fundraiser, for the Riehl family, brought in $26,020.20. And while there was plenty of shenanigans happening at the closing assembly at Molalla High School on Friday, Feb. 21, the weight of the emotion was undeniable.
After Molalla High School students revealed the amount of money raised, Crystal Riehl, Naysens mom, took the microphone. Tears ran down her cheeks as she spoke.
Wed never have this opportunity without everyone helping us, she said. We can never say thank you enough.
The money will buy a wheelchair for four-year-old Naysen Riehl, who has had multiple health issues since birth. The money will also help pay for him to see a specialist in Seattle, Wash.
I cant even put it in words, Naysens mom said. Its overwhelmingin a good way.
Crystal said her and her husband, Tim Riehl, have been trying to get Naysen a wheelchair and get him to see the specialist for years. She said its amazing that the community can come together and accomplish it in just one month.
Naysen just wants to grow up and walk like his dad, Crystal said. We cant give that to him. But this is close.