Thursday, December 5, 2013

Cadance ... (Guest Blogger Helen 2.0)

I would like to thank Kevin for inviting me to submit something to his blog. Trail's Cadance Brace is a beautiful, vivacious five year old's whose medical journey has mobilized an army of amazing people and the incredible support in our very generous community of Trail to support her and her parents Jeremy and Amy as she faces the road ahead.
On November 22, 2013, Cadance was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. We now know she is BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver receiving treatment for her leukemia until at least March. On an personal note, Cadance is my husband's cousin's daughter and a sweet friend to many her age and her family, just by who they are as people, have really had an impact on the community of Trail. Jeremy and Amy are a young couple, just like many in our area who work hard, are kind, humble and private and proud to call Trail home. Cadance is in Kindergarten at Glenmerry Elementary.
It started with a Facebook group to send wishes of support, started by Pat and Jill Beauchamp, close family friends who also started the Hope For Cadance Trust Fund. That Facebook group has become our sharing place. I and another friend just wanted to know how we could help this family from afar. With Amy's permission, we looked at some fundraising like some raffle baskets, perhaps a dinner, coin jars and an online fundraising page.
The response has been nothing short of miraculous. We have had offers of help with other fundraising events which has allowed us to plan longer-term to keep this family together as Cadance goes through the next 4 or so months of treatment. Generous financial donations and donations of time have filled our hearts and sharing that wonderful news with Jeremy and Amy has completely overwhelmed them and they are eternally grateful. It helps a family focus on their child as she faces a tough treatment regime and an unknown path as time moves forward in how that treatment may change.
Thank you Kevin for allowing me to promote the following December events to support the Hope for Cadance Trust Fund: - Raffle basket ticket sales that will be available on December 4th. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.00 and you have a chance to win: 1) "Christmas Dreams" Gift Basket themed with gifts for a five year-old girl Cadance's age 2) "Christmas Rocks" Gift Basket themed with gifts for a five year old boy Cadance's age 3) "Christmas Wishes" Gift Basket filled with a couple of gift certificates (still being determined) and wonderful gifts akin to the season *Draw date is Christmas Eve: For more information , please call Kerry Vandermeer at 250-231-2508
Saturday, December 14th - "Hope For Cadance" Bake Sale and Raffle ticket day at Waneta Plaza from 10 am to 5 pm - you can always get your raffle tickets here and pick up some great baked goods made with love. For more information, please call Kerry Vandermeer at 250-231-2508
Saturday, December 31st - At the Trail Cominco Gym - 6:30 to 1 am - (doors open at 6 pm) "New Year for CaDANCE" New Year's Eve Benefit to support the Hope For Cadance Trust Fund. Dinner will be catered by Chef Darren Rossi including appies, midnight snack and champagne at midnight. Three bands: Green Avenue, Round 2 and Emerson. Silent Auction filled with great items for all budgets and also some amazing big ticket items! Tickets are $50 each and will be available to purchase by Friday, December 6th at Pharmasave and Maglio's Building Centre. Seats are first come, first serve, 19 years and older to attend. For more information: Helen at 250-231-7971. Safe ride home ensured by the AM Ford Shuttle Service
Thank you to the City of Trail, Darren Rossi, Hall Printing and AM Ford for supporting this NY Eve event by allowing us to keep costs at a minimum so more can go to help the Brace Family.
If you are willing to volunteer in any capacity for any of these events, please contact Helen at 250-231-7971 or reach me through the 'Hope For Cadance' Facebook group.
We will have more to support this family like our "Crownz for Cadance" well-wishes campaign at select businesses and coin jars throughout Trail and area.
The Hope For Cadance Trust Fund has been set up at Kootenay Savings Credit Union in Trail and the online fundraising page is www.gofundme.com/hope4cadance
We will be holding other events in January, February and March to help the ongoing costs that the Brace Family will face and you can keep an eye on the Facebook group for more information as we move forward.
Trail and area, thank you so much for proving once again why Jeremy, Amy, Cadance and all of us are so proud to call this community "home." God Bless, Helen Bobbitt

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