GRANBY – It's often proven: If you want to see how much people care about each other, visit a small town. If you live in Colorado, you won't have to travel any farther than Granby in Grand County.
Recently, two of the town's tiniest residents were dealt an unfair hand. Robbie Butler, age 2, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer on April 10.
Charlie Swan, age 14, was involved in a terrible sledding accident on March 30. He was in a medically-induced coma for nearly a month and suffered severe brain injury.
Instead of just saying, "Well, isn't that awful," the town of Granby came together to help raise money for both boys' families.
"Granby is a small, tight-knit community," Tara Antonio said. "It has a lot of people come and go, but the people who stay here have big hearts."
Antonio didn't know either family, but that didn't stop her from helping out. She decided to print off more than a hundred flyers showing both boys pictures, along with their stories.
She asked local businesses to hang them up in an effort to help raise funds for the families.
"When you have people that need help, those businesses step up because at one point in time they needed help also," Antonio said.
Robbie Butler's father, Rob, said it's difficult to express how touched he is by the kind gesture.
"If it wasn't for that, I don't know what I would do," Butler said.
The town of Granby plans to hold a book and bake sale fundraiser this Saturday. If you're interested in attending, you're asked to go to the Inn at Silvercreek at the Silvercreek Steakhouse in Granby. The event starts at 1 p.m.
The Inn's address is: 62927 U.S. 40, Granby, CO 80446.
Charlie's page: http://www.gofundme.com/88w8yg
Robbie's page: http://www.gofundme.com/RaisingForRobbie