Four-year-old Weslee Brinn captured our hearts last summer when we met him at the Canadian Ford Challenge in St. Thomas, Ont. Born with a congenital heart disease called Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), Weslee has undergone 18 intensive surgeries, including two open-heart surgeries, during his short life.

When the owners of the St. Thomas Roadhouse, Dan and Sam Aboumourad, learned about Weslee’s condition, they felt compelled to spread awareness about congenital heart disease and the importance of organ donation. They also wanted to help raise money to support the family.

In early February, hundreds of St. Thomas residents, as well as people from surrounding areas, came out to a spaghetti benefit dinner hosted by the restaurant. Bruce Dumoucelle, co-president of St. Thomas Ford Lincoln Sales, and members of his team also attended to show their support.

The outcome was overwhelming! With the dinner, a 50/50 draw and a silent auction, over $3,000 was raised for Weslee and his family.

Weslee in his Mustang

Today, Weslee’s body is unable to maintain his oxygen saturation, which means he requires oxygen 24-7 while he waits for a new heart. Weslee started junior kindergarten in the fall and recently celebrated “100 day” at school (his 100th day of school). Not only is he passionate about Shelby Mustangs, but he also adores trains. Weslee dreams of becoming a pirate so that he can enjoy adventures just like his favourite Disney character, Jake of the Never Land Pirates.

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