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“We hear from doctors all of the time that this could be the first of its kind. It could be a first for many doctors at McMaster, which is kind of mind-boggling because you think of modern science today and you think there’d be something out there. It’s not to say another child out there in the world hasn’t had what Lidia has, but it’s definitely rare enough that for the first six months of her life, all of the testing they’ve done they haven’t been able to tell us what it is,” said Howieson.

“No one knows what tomorrow holds. We’re living day by day and trying to figure out what the next steps are,” said Howieson. “She likes to keep things interesting and has run the show since day one.


She has dad wrapped around her fingers, same with mom. It keeps things interesting for sure and it definitely makes it harder to plan for the future because even the doctors say to us that they don’t know what the future holds and we’re just trying to live as positively as we can on a daily basis and cherish Lidia for who she is and the amazing things she’s already done and the amazing things she’s brought out in people.”

A group of students within the school, dubbed Harriet’s Heroes, have created a campaign called Loonies for Lidia, encouraging their fellow classmates and members of the school community to donate money to support the young daughter of Grade 7/8 teacher Graeme Howieson.

At first, Lidia needed breathing support and she had bad allergies. Dad and mom, Lee, later found out their daughter had a brain degenerative disease, meaning that in utero Lidia only developed 50 per cent of her brain and 30 per cent of her cerebellum.

“We recently found out that will lead to lifelong complications,” said Howieson. “We already know she can’t hear, we’re in the process of finding out whether or not she can see. We’ve been told that she will never walk, she may never talk as well, and she’ll need assistive devices for the rest of her life.”

That all comes with a hefty price tag and the family hasn’t been able to access any programs that offer funding help. Instead, a family member launched a GoFundMe page for the couple, allowing their friends and family to donate toward Lidia’s needs.

“Luckily I just happen to know a group of inspiring and motivated young students who are always looking to give back to their community,” she said, adding that she shared the story with Harriet’s Heroes. “They thought that if everyone in the school could donate even $1, then we could raise about $700.”

“We hear from doctors all of the time that this could be the first of its kind. It could be a first for many doctors at McMaster, which is kind of mind-boggling because you think of modern science today and you think there’d be something out there. It’s not to say another child out there in the world hasn’t had what Lidia has, but it’s definitely rare enough that for the first six months of her life, all of the testing they’ve done they haven’t been able to tell us what it is,” said Howieson.

“No one knows what tomorrow holds. We’re living day by day and trying to figure out what the next steps are,” said Howieson. “She likes to keep things interesting and has run the show since day one. She has dad wrapped around her fingers, same with mom. It keeps things interesting for sure and it definitely makes it harder to plan for the future because even the doctors say to us that they don’t know what the future holds and we’re just trying to live as positively as we can on a daily basis and cherish Lidia for who she is and the amazing things she’s already done and the amazing things she’s brought out in people.”

A group of students within the school, dubbed Harriet’s Heroes, have created a campaign called Loonies for Lidia, encouraging their fellow classmates and members of the school community to donate money to support the young daughter of Grade 7/8 teacher Graeme Howieson.

At first, Lidia needed breathing support and she had bad allergies. Dad and mom, Lee, later found out their daughter had a brain degenerative disease, meaning that in utero Lidia only developed 50 per cent of her brain and 30 per cent of her cerebellum.

“We recently found out that will lead to lifelong complications,” said Howieson. “We already know she can’t hear, we’re in the process of finding out whether or not she can see. We’ve been told that she will never walk, she may never talk as well, and she’ll need assistive devices for the rest of her life.”

That all comes with a hefty price tag and the family hasn’t been able to access any programs that offer funding help. Instead, a family member launched a GoFundMe page for the couple, allowing their friends and family to donate toward Lidia’s needs.

“Luckily I just happen to know a group of inspiring and motivated young students who are always looking to give back to their community,” she said, adding that she shared the story with Harriet’s Heroes. “They thought that if everyone in the school could donate even $1, then we could raise about $700.”

“We hear from doctors all of the time that this could be the first of its kind. It could be a first for many doctors at McMaster, which is kind of mind-boggling because you think of modern science today and you think there’d be something out there. It’s not to say another child out there in the world hasn’t had what Lidia has, but it’s definitely rare enough that for the first six months of her life, all of the testing they’ve done they haven’t been able to tell us what it is,” said Howieson.

“No one knows what tomorrow holds. We’re living day by day and trying to figure out what the next steps are,” said Howieson. “She likes to keep things interesting and has run the show since day one. She has dad wrapped around her fingers, same with mom. It keeps things interesting for sure and it definitely makes it harder to plan for the future because even the doctors say to us that they don’t know what the future holds and we’re just trying to live as positively as we can on a daily basis and cherish Lidia for who she is and the amazing things she’s already done and the amazing things she’s brought out in people.”