Kids Curing Cancer returns to assist patient assistance fund

 

 

Members of the Baillargeon family and their friends perform at Saturday’s “Kids Curing Cancer” event.

Members of the Baillargeon family and their friends perform at Saturday’s “Kids Curing Cancer” event.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Baillargeon family continues to fundraise for the Windsor-Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation’s patient assistance fund.

The third annual “Kids Curing Cancer” fundraiser was held last Saturday at the Verdi Club with Lauren, a Malden Central Public School student, her brother Ty and sister Kierstyn taking centre stage. The family demonstrated their musical abilities on stage with a pasta dinner, face painting and door prizes also part of the fundraiser.

Lauren and Kierstyn played the fiddle while Ty played the banjolin.

Jodi Baillargeon, the children’s mother, explained that it all began three years ago through what was supposed to be a simple sale of bracelets that Lauren was making.

“She wanted to raise $50 to say thank you to the cancer clinic,” Jodi explained. Her father and Lauren’s grandfather Dan Gerard was cancer-free at the time and Lauren wanted to give back.

However, thanks to additional donations that poured in, they ended up raising $3,820.

The fundraiser expanded to the Verdi Club last year but Gerard was unable to attend as the cancer returned. Last year’s “Kids Curing Cancer” event was held Jan. 18 and Gerard died Jan. 22.

The second annual fundraiser brought in over $6,200.

Lauren Baillargeon plays the fiddle during "Kids Curing Cancer." The event is held in memory of her grandfather, Dan Gerard.

Lauren Baillargeon plays the fiddle during “Kids Curing Cancer.” The event is held in memory of her grandfather, Dan Gerard.

“We really didn’t set a goal this year,” Lauren said. “We just want everyone to have fun.”

Lauren said it makes her feel good that she is helping others.

“There’s really no words to describe how I feel,” she said.

The patient assistance fund helps people with mortgage payments, groceries, wigs, medicine, transportation and other needs a cancer patient has. Jodi said many people don’t know the fund exists but they want to help out any way they can. She said they know first-hand how stressful it can be when a family member is battling cancer.

The family is expected to present a cheque to the Windsor-Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation in early March, Jodi added.

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