Tickets SOLD OUT but donations still needed to help local-area double-leg amputee, Cathy Burns

Above,(l-r) Recent double-leg amputee and beneficiant Cathy Burns laying in her hospital bed alongside her 24-year-old son Aaron and husband Alan Burns. Courtesy photo

Kelsey Smith
Nation Valley News

SOUTH MOUNTAIN — Friends and family of Cathy Burns have banded together to fundraise for her recovery after a double-leg amputation.

A benefit dance, silent and live auction are set for Saturday, May 4 at the South Mountain Fairgrounds, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Although tickets for the event are already sold out, organizers say they are still hoping for more donations.

“Her time remaining in hospital is still unknown but there will be lots of rehab,” says a close family friend and event organizer Colton Stitt.

All monetaries raised will help cover rehabilitation and home renovation upgrade costs. 

Donations are being accepted through a designated Scotiabank account — account number 50336 0191825 — at any Scotiabank Branch. Cheques can be made payable to Catherine Burns in Trust.

Concerned citizens may also contact Colton directly at 613-803-9410, to make donations and for more information.

He along with nine other concerned supporters had to do something to help a special lady that has always helped others.

“She’s like a second mom to me. She’d give you the shirt off her back,” Stitt expressed.

Cathy Burns is known to many as an incredibly active member in the community. She’s part of many community-led groups and events but is best known for 10-plus years of service on the South Mountain Fairboard.

She also makes, in Colton’s opinion, the best peanut butter balls.

“They might even be better than Reese cups!” Stitt joked.

According to a post made on the Facebook event page, “Cathy is a loving and active member of our community. She and her family have spent countless hours helping various organizations and individuals in their times of need. It is now our turn to assist them as she and her family are faced with their toughest challenge to date.”

The event page also states that the double-leg amputation was done to save her life “after complications due to medical issues.”

“The focus now is helping her heal and being well enough to come home. Her friends are organizing this evening to financially help Cathy and her family moving forward.” it concludes.

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