Benefit held to aid colon cancer patient Nicole Pare

 

John Sutton, whose sister-in-law Nicole Pare has colon cancer, has his moustache shaved off. It was part of a benefit to aid Pare.

John Sutton, whose sister-in-law Nicole Pare has colon cancer, has his moustache shaved off. It was part of a benefit to aid Pare.

Vivienne Wood shaves Wayne Pare’s head during a fundraiser Sept. 19 for Pare's wife Nicole, who has stage 4 colon cancer.

Vivienne Wood shaves Wayne Pare’s head during a fundraiser Sept. 19 for Pare’s wife Nicole, who has stage 4 colon cancer.

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A benefit was held for Nicole Pare at the Verdi Club last Friday night to assist in her battle with cancer.  Pare, 54, is fighting stage four colon cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes, kidneys and lungs.  Over 400 people packed the Verdi Club and event organizers estimated over $13,000 was raised.

Pare and husband Wayne operated Custom Cleaners in Amherstburg before selling recently to Blondie’s Cleaners.  Like most small business owners they devoted much of their lives to maintaining a business that survived for over 50 years.  By selling, the Pares hoped they would have more time to spend with family, friends and especially their grandchildren.  Instead, a cancer diagnosis changed those plans.

An emotional Pare thanked the crowd for their love and encouragement.  She also wanted to update attendees on her progress.  “The liver is operable and the tumors in my lungs are shrinking”, she declared.  “I look forward to being cancer free with God’s help and yours”, Pare declared.

Friends, family and local businesses showed overwhelming support by providing baked goods and door prizes.  Local entertainer Mark Talbot also donated his services by proving karaoke.

One of the highlights for the crowd was a head shave challenge.  Pare’s husband Wayne, son Brian, brother in law, John Sutton and nephew, Corey Sutton all agreed to shave their heads if people would donate $2,000 to the cause.  For an additional $2,000 the Suttons offered to shave their facial hair as well.  The goal was reached and the camera’s flashed as each man sat to have Vivian Woods give them their new look.

“I’m just overwhelmed by it all”, said Pare, “it just goes to show you what a caring community Amherstburg really is”.

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