Squamish garage sale aims to raise funds to help man with PTSD | Squamish Chief

Squamish garage sale aims to raise funds to help man with PTSD

The proceeds will help Mike Underwood, who has PTSD, get a service dog

Some Squamish residents are putting together a garage sale fundraiser to help a man with PTSD get money for a service dog.

Rhonda Holmes is hoping this sale will raise money to help Mike Underwood, who has been battling the condition since 2013.

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At the time, he was working as the head of security for a private security company with a hotel chain in Vancouver.

Being in that job meant that he had to deal with many challenging issues.

This included fatalities — everything from seniors dying naturally to suicides. He dealt with domestic assaults, fires, gang violence, and more.

Functioning with PTSD is a great challenge, and a service dog can make a significant difference.

However, a trained dog costs about $25,000, making it rather hard to afford.

To do her part, Holmes is holding a community garage sale fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It’ll be in Valleycliffe at 38180 West Way Ave., in unit B3.

Holmes said it’s going to be socially distanced, with sanitizer provided. People will be asked to wear a mask.

She said people can expect to find lots of household items like vacuums and bikes, as well as skis boots, clothing for kids and more.

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