Fundraiser at the Casino Inn for 11 Year Old Kyle O’Quinn Raises $8,500
A fundraiser to help an 11-year-old boy with severe medical problems was a big success here in Alpine! The Casino Inn event raised $8,500 on July 22 for Kyle O’Quinn…almost three times more than supporters had hoped!
Kyle has had more than 70 surgeries since he was diagnosed with with brain and body aneurysms at the age of 2. Kyle and his family are getting ready now for his extensive physical, occupational and speech therapy rehabilitation as the child’s medical journey continues. “He has to learn everything all over again,” said Jearod O’Quinn, the boy’s father. “He’s still making progress, but he’s got a long road ahead of him. How he handles it all amazes me.”
During the fundraiser, Kyle, his brothers and sister met the service puppy donated by Trident Manor Kennels that will help the boy continue his medical journey.
Amber Yelton, Kyle’s aunt, manages the Casino Inn, a member of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce. Yelton describes Kyle as “a little fighter” against his ailment, a child who wants to swim with dolphins. An online fund raising account for Kyle’s Journey has been set up at gofundme.com. Checks made out to Jearod O’Quinn may be sent to the Casino Inn at 1155 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA, 91901. (Photos courtesy of Amber Yelton)
Story submitted by:
Jo Moreland, Communications
Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce
1620 Alpine Blvd., Ste. 208
Alpine, CA 91901