10-Year-Old Donates To Cancer Centre Foundation

Thursday February 12th, 2015

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Lauren, Kierstyn and Ty Baillargeon (Handout photo)

A 10-year-old Windsor girl donated has over $10,000 to the local Cancer Centre Foundation.

It all started just before Christmas 2013, when 9-year-old Lauren Baillargeon was sorting through her toys to sell in order to raise and donate a modest $50 to the Cancer Centre.

Her grandpa, Dan Gerard, had recently completed cancer treatment and young Lauren wanted to do something to help all of the other people battling cancer like him. By making and selling bracelets and through word of mouth, she raised almost $4,000 for the Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation.

One year later, Dan’s cancer had returned and the Baillargeon Family once again took to organizing a fund raiser to help those like Dan facing a cancer diagnosis. Kids Curing Cancer took place on January 18th at the Verdi Club in Amherstburg. Lauren and sister Kierstyn joined Kenneth McLeod to entertain the crowd, and brother Ty got a “grandpa” haircut. Attendees enjoyed a pasta dinner and were able to purchase key chains as well.

Their fund raising expectations were once again surpassed, having raised over $6,000! The proceeds were presented to the Cancer Centre Foundation this morning.

Dan passed away four days after the fund raiser was held.

“It was clear during the presentation last year how proud Dan was of his granddaughter and what she had accomplished. I’m sure he’s looking down on us today, his heart filled with love and pride. The funds raised by Lauren and her family have and will continue to make a huge impact on patients utilizing the Patient Assistance Fund”, stated Houida Kassem, Manager and Director of Development for the Foundation.

The Patient Assistance Fund provides short-term financial assistance to active patients of the Windsor Regional Cancer Program experiencing need. The Fund helps cover expenses such as shelter, food, uninsured medical expenses and a variety of other needs.

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