Created: November 14, 2020 10:28 PM
BRUNSWICK - The Brunswick community came together to support one of their own on Saturday.
Garnet Loveday was recently diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and needed emergency surgery, but he didn't have insurance at the time.
When his former soccer teammates learned he's facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills, they stepped up to help.
“It just goes to show no matter where any of Tamarac alumni are we come together and help one of our own,” Loveday’s friend and former teammate Cody Sargood said.
Dozens of former teammates, coaches and community members gathered for a soccer tournament to benefit Garnet after he was diagnosed with a pineal parenchymal tumor in early September.
He and his fiancé Autumn set a date to be married and he was going to be added to her health insurance coverage, but neither of those things happened before he had to have surgery.
"My brother is one of the most healthy, active people I could ever imagine so it's definitely, it surprised us and there was quite a while where we really weren't sure if he was going to make it so it's been quite an experience for all of us,” Corry Loveday said.
Loveday said Garnet has been out of the hospital for about a month, though he's still receiving chemo treatments out in buffalo where he now lives.
Garnet is now insured, but he's still facing $300-500,000 in bills for treatment he received when he wasn't.
"The finances are I think the biggest worry and they seem to continue to mount higher and higher so any help from anybody is really what we're looking for,” Loveday said.
The Brunswick soccer tournament raised over $3,000 to go toward Garnet's bills.
His former coaches spoke about his character at the event.
"He's just somebody we all think very highly about and as you can say you know he played for us 13 years ago and the turnout is over 45 former players so it's really special,” Tom Clemente said.
"It's been great, it's a lot bigger turnout than I thought given the times I'm just glad that the Tamarac community could get together and do this for him,” Sargood said.
There is also a GoFundMe page raising money for Garnet. In just a few weeks, they have already raised over $86,000. You can donate here.
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