Many of you know the story of Nicolas a young man from Regina that recently moved to Edmonton for treatment of cancer in his leg. We were able to help out with expenses and a van for this family that was very much in need. The Grandmother Emily is an amazing women and has taken care of her grandchildren when no one else would. As of today Emily has 7 people and an infant living in a small 3 bedroom house in Edmonton. She is this families rock and takes care of all of the children without asking for anything. Sadly last week Emily was diagnosed with severe inoperable cancer in her sinus cavity, skull and neck. I went with Emily to the doctor today because she has a hard time remembering what is being told to her at each visit. She will be undergoing radiation and Chemo at the end of the month to try and stop the cancer from spreading. The doctor believes it is 50/50 in removing the cancer. Emily's situation at home is very unstable and now a family member has left leaving her with all the rent. She is feeding 7 by going to the food bank and it is heartbreaking to know she has to support an entire family while in treatment of serious cancer.
Always upbeat the first thing she said when both Darren Cunningham and I spoke to her was that she is already looking for a smaller place to live that she can afford. To maintain her family she has cashed in her RRSP's(formerly she was a teachers aid) to subsidize the money she receives form the government. I assured Emily she need not worry about paying the rent our feeding her 8 mouths while she is taking her treatments radiation and chemo treatments over the next 3 months as the rugby community is stepping up. She was on the verge of tears thanking me sincerely and profusely.. The last thing this women needs is added stress which would further hinder her recovery.
Thanks to everyone to date that have stepped up to help Emily and her family out. A special thanks to Mosaic,Young's Equipment, Ron Allen, Dave Robertson who between them contributed $3,000.
Howler Darren Cunningham has arranged to get some needed van repairs( a Howlers purchase on 2009 with the major funds again coming from Mosaic and Young's Equipment) along with arranging for the wives of the Clansmen Rugby Club(that he is president of) to drop off regular meals for Emily and her grandchildren.
Obviously the below people and organizations took the Howlers theme song to heart - http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2539741
1. Karl Fix & Sandy Beug( Regina Rogues Rugby Club )
2. Gary Dukelow (Shawnigan Lake School/Cowachin Rugby Club)
3. Pete Black & Tracy Burkitt-Black ( Edmonton Clansmen RFC)
4. Tim & Judy Young of Young's Equipment (5 Case Dealerships)( Regina Rogues Rugby Club )
5. Bobby Ross (former Canadian National Rugby Team player)
6. Shawnigan Lake School (Vancouver Island)
7. David Robertson ( current member of Rugby Canada Board and head master of Shawnigan Lake School)
8. Al and Marnie Poettcker (son David plays with the Dog River and Vancouver Rowing Club)
9. Dick Cornish (Regina Rogues Rugby Club)
10. Rick Bourne (president of Rugby Canada)
11. Mike Devlin - (president Burnaby Rugby Club)
12. Chris Bayda (Regina Rogues Rugby Club)
13. Kevin Blanchette ( Prairie Wolfpack Rugby Club)
14. Dirk Sebesse (Hanover Rugby, Germany)
15. Ian Mc Laren (Regina Rogues Rugby Club)
16. Mark Lawson( former Canadian National team player)
17. Darren Cunningham( Edmonton Clansmen Rugby Club)
18. Dana Lowrie (Edmonton Clansmen Rugby Club)
19. Chase Sereda ( Howlers player and also Bayside Rugby Club, White Rock, BC)
20. Jordan Stinn ( Lep-Tigers Rugby Club, Edmonton)
21. Ron Allen (president of the Edmonton Rugby Union and also member of Edmonton Clansmen)
22.The Mosaic Company (Concentrated Phosphate and Potash Crop Nutrition)
23. Mark Docherty (Regina Campion Grads Rugby Club)
24. Regina Campion Grads Rugby Club
25. Jo Reinbold( Edmonton Rockers Rugby Club)
26. Coleen Penman ( Dog River Howlers physio)
27. Dave Froh ( Regina Rogues Rugby Club)
Total - $5,600