Peterborough business owner Shelby Watt steps up to help a young girl find the dress of her dreams

13-year-old Kristey, undergoing treatment at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, was unable to shop for a dress for her Grade 8 graduation

Kristey (second from left) is a 13-year-old girl currently receiving treatment at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, which has made it challenging for her to go shopping for a dress for her Grade 8 gradulation. Staff of the Pediatric Outpatient Clinic including RN Shay Cannon (left) contacted Shelby Watt (second from right), owner of Save Our Soles in downtown Peterborough, to ask if she could help. (Photo: Peterborough Regional Health Centre / @prhc1 Instagram)
Kristey (second from left) is a 13-year-old girl currently receiving treatment at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, which has made it challenging for her to go shopping for a dress for her Grade 8 gradulation. Staff of the Pediatric Outpatient Clinic including RN Shay Cannon (left) contacted Shelby Watt (second from right), owner of Save Our Soles in downtown Peterborough, to ask if she could help. (Photo: Peterborough Regional Health Centre / @prhc1 Instagram)

For most young girls graduating from elementary school, finding a dress for their graduation ceremony is a fun shopping challenge.

But for 13-year-old Kristey, who is currently receiving treatment at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC), the challenge is completely different.

Her frequent hospital stays and chemotherapy treatments have made it extremely difficult for her to go out shopping to find the dress of her dreams for her Grade 8 graduation.

Kristey was able to try on several different dresses supplied by Shelby Watt, owner of Save Our Soles in downtown Peterborough. When Kristey selected a dress, Watt donated it to her along with a pair of matching shoes.  (Photo: Peterborough Regional Health Centre / @prhc1 Instagram)
Kristey was able to try on several different dresses supplied by Shelby Watt, owner of Save Our Soles in downtown Peterborough. When Kristey selected a dress, Watt donated it to her along with a pair of matching shoes. (Photo: Peterborough Regional Health Centre / @prhc1 Instagram)

So when Shelby Watt, owner of Save Our Soles in downtown Peterborough, received a call on Tuesday (April 23) from Shay Cannon, a registered nurse at PRHC’s Pediatric Outpatient Clinic, explaining Kristey’s situation, Watt dropped everything she was doing to help.

Not only did Watt immediately visit PRHC with a selection of dresses for Kristey to try on, she also donated a dress — along with a pair of matching shoes — to Kristey.

“When you don’t have a rolling rack to hang dresses on you grab an IV pole instead,” Watt writes on her Instagram @saveoursoles. “And when an angel of a nurse (Shay on the left, but everyone was incredible) calls your shop saying she wants to bring grade 8 Grad dress shopping to her patient, Kristey, who is going through chemo, you drop everything and say hell YES.”

Not only did Shelby Watt, owner of Save Our Soles in downtown Peterborough, drop everything she was doing to visit Kristey at Peterborough Regional Health Centre to help her select a dress, but she donated the dress and a pair of matching shoes to Kristey. (Photo: Peterborough Regional Health Centre / @prhc1 Instagram)
Not only did Shelby Watt, owner of Save Our Soles in downtown Peterborough, drop everything she was doing to visit Kristey at Peterborough Regional Health Centre to help her select a dress, but she donated the dress and a pair of matching shoes to Kristey. (Photo: Peterborough Regional Health Centre / @prhc1 Instagram)

kawarthaNOW kudos to the staff at the Pediatric Outpatient Clinic for helping make a young girl’s life a little bit easier and to Shelby Watt for her generous donation of time and clothing.

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