Local dry cleaner aiming to help young cancer patient in Leamington


017_Aubri_PosterBy Ron Giofu


A local dry cleaner is stepping up and will be part of ongoing efforts to assist a Leamington girl diagnosed with leukemia.

The campaign will run out of all seven Blondie’s locations including the Amherstburg location.

“We’re donating a percentage of sales for the next 12 months and accepting direct donations in our stores,” said Blondie’s owner Marc Kobrolsi, “It’s going to be a minimum of $1,000 a month for the next 12 months.”

Kobrolsi said the company will likely carry on past the one-year period, depending on what Aubri’s medical needs are. In addition to her medications, Kobrolsi pointed out Aubri’s father Phil is losing his employment with Heinz when the corporation shuts down the Leamington facility next year.

“We’re going to be partnering with her for the long haul and help the family through this time,” said Kobrolsi.

According to the website www.aubrisangels.ca, Aubri, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Aug. 13 after her mother Lisa received a phone call from her doctor following some morning blood work.

After receiving the diagnosis, Aubri began receiving chemotherapy treatment immediately at the London Children’s Hospital in Ontario.

“While her oncologist sadly informed Aubri’s parents that she would need chemotherapy treatment for the next 2.5 years, she predicted a 90% probability of success. Aubri went through constant blood work daily (sometimes up three times per day), spinal tap & bone marrow aspiration,” the website stated.

On Sept. 13, after the oncologists received the results from the first bone marrow aspiration Aubri was diagnosed with a second form of leukemia, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, a form of the disease more commonly found in adult male patients.

Oncologists gave her the official label as High Risk ALL with rare Chromosomal Transmutation Oct. 1.

“She does not have CML, but this new diagnosis is the same in severity,” the website states. “She is being treated with CML chemo along with ALL chemo.”

Aubri’s predicted length of treatment has been increased by one year to 3.5 years, and the probability of success is unknown, the website added.

Kobrolsi said his father went through a difficult battle with cancer and has been cancer-free for three years. When he read a recent article in the Windsor Star, he contacted the family to offer support.

“I’ve never met the family nor do we do business in Leamington,” he said. “You’ve got to try and do the right thing and do what you can. It all starts with one person.”

Kobrolsi, a 13-year paramedic with Essex-Windsor EMS, added he often would want to help other people he helps treat but is restricted by privacy laws. He used his role as a business owner to reach out to the Andre family.

Kobrolsi added that although he lives in LaSalle, he considers all of Essex County home and wants to help out county-wide.

In addition to the Amherstburg location, Blondie’s has four Windsor locations as well as locations in LaSalle and Tecumseh. Kobrolsi said larger donations will be directed to the Aubri’s Angels website.

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