Fundraiser planned for Aug. 16 for brain cancer patient

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Ruby Triolet has never received an opportunity to fully enjoy her retirement.

Triolet, 65, is now living at the Hospice of Windsor-Essex County as she is suffering from brain cancer. Friends are now planning a fundraiser to assist her family with medical costs.

Triolet’s friends Sherry Dupuis and Billy Wilson are planning a pasta dinner fundraiser for Aug. 16 at the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall. Dupuis said that Triolet retired about three years ago from her job at Richmond Terrace Long Term Care facility and was enjoying camping one day at Jellystone Park when she fell off her bike while trying to avoid a child that came into the laneway.

Once that healed, she soon discovered she had brain cancer. After one surgery, the cancer went into remission and she was able to enjoy a trip to Las Vegas where she even enjoyed zip-lining over the New Year’s holiday. Shortly thereafter, the brain cancer returned causing an additional surgery where Dupuis said a quarter of Triolet’s brain was removed.

“Now it’s spread to the other side so she’s got six months to live,” said Dupuis. “She really didn’t get to enjoy too much of her retirement.”

Proceeds raised at the Aug. 16 fundraiser will assist the family with expenses through this period.

Dupuis said she is a seasonal camper at Jellystone and has known the Triolets through their association at the campground. They have grown so close that Dupuis said she has even referred to the couple as “mom” and “dad.”

“They are just wonderful people,” Dupuis added. “They are a very close couple.”

The Triolets have been married over 40 years, said Dupuis, and still can be seen regularly holding hands, kissing and hugging.

“It’s totally awesome,” she said.

Tickets are $20 with the meal (pasta, salad, buns, tea and coffee) also featuring a live DJ who has donated his time,  Dupuis said. There will also be a silent auction to help raise funds.

People can purchase tickets by calling Dupuis at 519-919-8566 or Wilson at 519-890-8337.

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