Ladysmith shows its big heart

Ladysmith, a small community with a big heart. A fitting description for our community.

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Ladysmith, a small community with a big heart. A fitting description for our community.

On Sunday, Nov. 16, a family event was held at Holland Creek Trail to fundraise for my granddaughter and her family. Thank you to my colleagues at Ladysmith Primary School for organizing a fun, educational, family event. Thank you to Allison Hyatt (and baby Blythe), who was on hand taking professional photos of families along the trail. Thank you to Cole Battie, a biologist, for volunteering his time and knowledge. Thank you to Glenn Popenko, Ken Dodd and Chantal Dodd, who volunteered to be forest educators. Also to Ladysmith Secondary School students who volunteered to guide families to spy for nature items along the trail.

We wish to thank Save-On-Foods and 49th Parallel Grocery stores for putting together gift baskets with short notice for our raffle draw. Thank you to Old Town Bakery for providing cookies and to Tim Hortons for providing Timbits. Thank you to Nanaimo Costco for providing hot chocolate and cups.

On Sept. 16, I read an article on the front page of the Chronicle written [about] Misty Dmytar. I share her mission to bring awareness to neuroblastoma, the incredible care and support at Children’s Hospital and her participation in the Tour de Rock.  At the time, my three-year-old granddaughter was undergoing tests, which revealed a malignant neuroblastoma tumor near her spine, which is not operable at this time. She is currently receiving chemotherapy treatments at Children’s Hospital.

Misty’s article touched me and also gave our family hope, as Misty’s son Griffyn is now cancer-free. Due to chemotherapy treatments and caring for my granddaughter, my daughter is unable to work.  The incredible generosity of friends, family, strangers and local businesses has been timely and appreciated.

Thank you to friends and strangers who have taken the time to make donations to an account we have set up for Iemanja and her family. If you would like to help by making a donation, the account is in my name, Anita Robb for Iemanja Hoyt, at the Ladysmith and District Credit Union.

We are blessed to live in Ladysmith, the community with a big heart.

Anita Robb and family

Ladysmith

 

 

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