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Guelph friend creates fundraiser for mother of boy who died in Cambridge

Friends of the grieving mother have created a GoFundMe page to raise money in support of the family
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A fundraiser has been set up for a mother whose eight-year-old son died under what police describe as "suspicious" circumstances in Cambridge last Saturday. 

One of the mother’s friends, Karen Hyckenberg of Guelph, created a GoFundMe page in hopes of supporting the mother in this difficult time. 

“He was her joy, and she gave everything she could to him,” said Hyckenberg on the fundraising page. 

Police are still investigating the boy's cause of the death

According to Hyckenberg, at the beginning of the pandemic, Hesselink’s health began to deteriorate and she developed multiple chronic illnesses.

“Due to dietary restrictions and her precarious health concerns, donating funds is the safest and most effective method of support at this time,” Hyckenberg said in her appeal. 

In just one day, the campaign has raised $4,000 of its $10,000 goal with nearly 40 donations.

More information can be found at their GoFundMe page here. 

Police have been unable to locate Curtis Hesselink, who they believe has information about the boy's death. Police have yet to describe what the man and boy's relationship was.

They are asking anyone with information to contact the Waterloo Regional Police Service at 519-570-9777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Anonymous tips can also be submitted at

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