Frank Cleminson

Community turns out in full force to support “the powerful Paige Grossutti”

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The AMA Sportsmen’s Club was jammed packed Saturday evening to support a local 14-year-old who is battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

The “Pink Out Fundraiser for the Powerful Paige Grossutti” was a tremendous success as a huge crowd turned out to support Grossutti and her family. Grossutti, a Grade 9 student at General Amherst High School, was diagnosed in November with Ewing’s Sarcoma and said she was “overwhelmed with love” thanks to the fundraiser.

Members of General Amherst High School’s student council and friends of Paige Grossutti present her with an autographed banner Saturday. Grossutti, a Grade 9 student, is in the foreground by the middle of the banner.

Members of General Amherst High School’s student council and friends of Paige Grossutti present her with an autographed banner Saturday. Grossutti, a Grade 9 student, is in the foreground by the middle of the banner.

“It’s crazy,” she said. “My parents, family and friends have been amazing.”

Paige said she didn’t expect anything like the turnout that occurred. She was lucky to be able to attend as father Gary said Paige was touch-and-go due to her not feeling well Friday.

“I feel much better today,” said Paige. “I kind of get wiped out when I get chemo but the day after I feel much better.”

Gary said Paige goes through two different cycles of chemotherapy in London with those cycles rotating every two weeks. One cycle lasts for five days and the other for two days with a chemotherapy treatment also being administered in Windsor “squeezed in shortly after the two-day treatment.

“It’s a lot, especially with two other kids at home,” said Gary. “We concentrate efforts on Paige but we have to pay attention to two others at home too.”

General Amherst High School raised just under $1,500 to support the “Pink Out Fundraiser for the Powerful Paige Grossutti.” (Submitted photo)

General Amherst High School raised just under $1,500 to support the “Pink Out Fundraiser for the Powerful Paige Grossutti.” (Submitted photo)

The chemotherapy treatments don’t allow Paige the ability to go to school but homework is send home regularly and she still communicates with her friends through her cell phone. She said her friends are very supportive and send her positive messages daily.

The chemotherapy treatments are scheduled to last through October at which point Paige is scheduled to receive radiation treatments with surgery also expected around that time.

“So far, they say my body is taking effect (responding) to the treatments,” she said.

“The chemotherapy is working, which is good,” said Gary. “They don’t have to work with any other chemotherapy drugs. That’s a good thing.”

The family, which includes mother Kim and Paige’s brothers Riley and Mitchell, were grateful for the support received both Saturday night and during the entire process.

“People are generous,” said Gary.

“I’m grateful for my parents. They are doing so much,” added Paige, who noted her mom sleeps at her bedside when she is in the hospital. “I couldn’t be more thankful for them.”

Paige also emphasized she is grateful for the support of other family members and her friends as well.

The “Pink Out Fundraiser for the Powerful Paige Grossutti” was organized by a group of family and friends with Frank Cleminson, a member of that group, stating he was thrilled with how things turned out.

“We did it in a short window and we can’t say enough,” said Cleminson. “We appreciate everyone coming. I’m blown away by the amount of people.”

Cleminson, his wife Lisa, and a large team of pink-shirted volunteers were seen moving around the AMA Sportsmen’s Club performing various tasks throughout the evening.

Paige Grossutti (centre) has her picture taken with parents Gary and Kim (far left), Mayor Aldo DiCarlo and Laura DiCarlo (right) and niece Phoebe Steel during the Jan. 21 fundraiser at the AMA Sportsmen's Club.

Paige Grossutti (centre) has her picture taken with parents Gary and Kim (far left), Mayor Aldo DiCarlo and Laura DiCarlo (right) and niece Phoebe Steel during the Jan. 21 fundraiser at the AMA Sportsmen’s Club.

“I’m super busy and I love it,” said Cleminson.

The response to the fundraiser was “overwhelming” and Cleminson said they were thankful to the town for its support.

“The outpouring from the community is unbelievable,” he said.

Door prize donations exceeded expectations, Cleminson added.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo and his wife Laura were two of the many that attended. DiCarlo told the crowd that “Paige has the support of the entire town” and was backed up with a round of applause for that statement.

People who missed Saturday’s fundraiser can still help the cause. The GoFundMe page set up for Paige is still open at https://www.gofundme.com/35wh24o with donations also being accepted at any TD Canada Trust location.

Fundraiser planned for “The Powerful Paige Grossutti”

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A fundraiser is planned for later this month to assist a local girl who is battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

The “Pink Out Fundraiser for the Powerful Paige Grossutti” will take place Jan. 21 at the AMA Sportsmen Association. Paige was diagnosed at the end of November with Ewing’s Sarcoma and has been back-and-forth to London with her family since for treatments.

“It’s a hard to detect but very aggressive cancer,” said Frank Cleminson, a family friend and co-organizer of the fundraiser.

Cleminson – who is joined by his wife Lisa as well as other family friends, aunts and uncles – in planning the event, said the cancer is in Paige’s pelvis and legs with spots also having been discovered on her lungs.

Paige Grossutti (back row, third from left) is pictured with her parents Gary and Kim and brothers Riley and Mitchell. Grossutti has Ewing’s Sarcoma, and will be the subject of a Jan. 21 fundraiser.

Paige Grossutti (back row, third from left) is pictured with her parents Gary and Kim and brothers Riley and Mitchell. Grossutti has Ewing’s Sarcoma, and will be the subject of a Jan. 21 fundraiser. (Submitted photo)

Paige’s blood levels are monitored regularly and the family has to travel to Children’s Hospital in London for her chemotherapy. Cleminson said they are lucky enough to get into Ronald McDonald House on occasion but there are times when it is full. Sometimes younger brother Riley accompanies parents Gary and Kim to London while older brother Mitchell holds down the fort at home.

Paige is a Grade 9 student at General Amherst High School and Cleminson said the school has been very supportive since her diagnosis. Homework is regularly sent home and one of Paige’s aunts, a principal in Windsor, also helps Paige stay caught up on her schoolwork.

“The school has been tremendous and wants to know how Paige is doing,” said Cleminson. “That is one of the reasons we decided to do the fundraiser.”

Cleminson added the friends and other family members got together and decided to put on the fundraiser. Bill Pillon, a cancer survivor, reached out and offered to provide entertainment while businesses in the community have been similarly generous with door prizes.

“The response has been excellent,” said Cleminson.

Despite her cancer fight, Paige still keeps positive.

“She’s got a great attitude, good spirits,” said Cleminson. “She’s got a tremendous outlook.”

The fundraiser starts at 4:30 p.m. that Saturday and tickets are $25 each and $12 for children 14 years of age and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling Cleminson at 519-819-4819 or Lisa at 519-999-1997. Door prizes can also be donated by calling either of those two numbers.

Donations can also be made at any TD Canada Trust location. A GoFundMe account has been set up at www.gofundme.com/35wh24o.

“We’re saying a lot of prayers,” said Cleminson. “This type of cancer is a hard one to fight. We want to give her as much support as we can to help her put the fight to it.”

Amherstburg team takes home top spot in recent Hockey for Hospice tournament

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A local pee wee house league team hit its stride in the recent Hockey for Hospice tournament.

The tournament, held at four arenas including the Libro Centre from Dec. 27-29, saw the Gyori Farms team from Amherstburg take home the gold medal in the pee wee “C” division. The team is coached by Mike Van Essen and Jeff Colledge with Keith Lauzon being the trainer.

“We’ve been struggling in house league but they are always in sync and playing well,” said Frank Cleminson, a parent and volunteer with the team.

The Amherstburg Gyori Farms hockey team celebrates after winning the pee wee “C” division championship at the Libro Centre as part of the 21st annual Hockey for Hospice tournament. The tournament raised over $301,000 for Hospice with the Libro Centre being one of four arenas that was used. (Submitted photo)

The Amherstburg Gyori Farms hockey team celebrates after winning the pee wee “C” division championship at the Libro Centre as part of the 21st annual Hockey for Hospice tournament. The tournament raised over $301,000 for Hospice with the Libro Centre being one of four arenas that was used. (Submitted photo)

In the first game of the Hockey for Hospice tournament, they were up against LaSalle Sports Zone and Cleminson said that the Amherstburg team was down 2-0 heading into the third period and came back to tie the game.

“In every other game, we never had the lead and came to win it in the third period,” said Cleminson.

In the finals, the Gyori Farms team met up with the LaSalle Sports Zone team again. Gavin Colledge gave the Amherstburg team the lead but LaSalle came back to tie it then went up 2-1 with three minutes left in the third, Cleminson said. Amherstburg then scored with six seconds left in the third period and again approximately 30 seconds into overtime with Ben Godin getting the tying and winning goals.

“In the first 30 seconds, we won the game and the championship,” Cleminson recalled.

The team’s MVP was goalie Ben Todd.

“He just had an outstanding tournament,” said Cleminson.

By winning the tournament, the Amherstburg Gyori Farms pee wee team gained a lot of confidence as they returned to their house league schedule, he added.

“It was a big team building tournament for them,” said Cleminson. “It was really good for the kids.”

Police Service Awards given to community members, officers

 

 

The Amherstburg Police Service held its annual awards banquet last Tuesday night at the K of C Hall. Officers were recognized for their years of service with members of the community  also honoured. Top row, from left: Terry Jones, Debbie Wilson, Chief Tim Berthiaume, PSB chair Pauline Gemmell, Sr. Const. Don Zimmerman, Frank Cleminson. Bottom row (from left): Sgt. Matt Capel-Cure, Sgt. Melissa Taylor, Const. Nick D’Amore, Const. Steve Owen. Sr. Const. Rory Bennett and Const. Chris Renaud are absent.

The Amherstburg Police Service held its annual awards banquet last Tuesday night at the K of C Hall. Officers were recognized for their years of service with members of the community also honoured. Top row, from left: Terry Jones, Debbie Wilson, Chief Tim Berthiaume, PSB chair Pauline Gemmell, Sr. Const. Don Zimmerman, Frank Cleminson. Bottom row (from left): Sgt. Matt Capel-Cure, Sgt. Melissa Taylor, Const. Nick D’Amore, Const. Steve Owen. Sr. Const. Rory Bennett and Const. Chris Renaud are absent.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Police Service held its annual awards banquet last Tuesday evening with officers and community members being recognized.

Presented by the police service as well as the Amherstburg Police Services Board (APSB), the banquet saw long-service medals be awarded to police officers for their years of service. Recognized with 15-year service awards were Sr. Const. Rory Bennett and Sgt. Matt Capel-Cure. Sr. Const. Don Zimmerman received a ten-year award while Const. Steve Owen, Const. Nick D’Amore and Const. Chris Renaud received five-year awards.

Sgt. Melissa Taylor was awarded a Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal from Chief Tim Berthiaume. Retired deputy chief Pat Palumbo was absent from the award ceremony but his service was acknowledged by the department.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo brought greetings from the town and noted the regaining of the safest community in Canada designation was one of the many accomplishments.

“As mayor, I think it’s important to highlight that the Amherstburg Police Service had a stellar year,” said DiCarlo.

Safety, education and health care are the three most important things that must be provided in a society, DiCarlo added, and the local police force is “number one” in providing safety.

“That is very important to us,” the mayor added. “People are moving here and people are comfortable here because of what (the Amherstburg Police Service) provides.”

Chief Tim Berthiaume presents a Chief’s Award of Excellence to former Amherstburg Police Services Board member Frank Cleminson.

Chief Tim Berthiaume presents a Chief’s Award of Excellence to former Amherstburg Police Services Board member Frank Cleminson.

The Community Involvement Award went to Debbie Wilson, who prevented a 90-year-old man from transferring money as part of her employment with Western Union. The man had already been scammed out of money and Owen, who acted as master of ceremonies, said “the loss of money would have continued if not for her actions.”
Wilson said the man’s request didn’t seem proper and “I knew something wasn’t right.” She said she hopes others will step up when they see someone falling for a scam, stop it and then report it to police.

The Jones Group was awarded the Corporate Partnership Award. The Jones Group, owned by Terry Jones and his family, recently raised $27,000 at a recent family cookoff with proceeds going to the Amherstburg Heroes Athletic Club. Jones has also helped the Heroes in other ways, said Owen, through uniform purchases and equipment acquisitions. He was also credited with donating money to the Catz Meow Dance Education Centre and local schools.

Frank Cleminson was given a Chief’s Award of Excellence in recognition of his 11 years on the APSB. Cleminson said it was “truly an honour” to be on the board and said he was involved with the hiring of chiefs and deputy chiefs.

“I always tried to do what was best for the community and municipal policing,” said Cleminson, noting there is a “wealth of knowledge” with local officers.

Cleminson endorsed municipal policing and said Amherstburg became the safest community with a municipal force.