CHESTERVILLE — When Colleen Read approached Dan Riitano of McCloskey’s
and A Bunch of People
’s Amanda Burger at the Victoria Street Café
about hosting an excellent ALS Research fundraiser at the Chesterville establishment, they were very happy to say yes.
Read has organized the upcoming event “in honour of her sister, Erica Fox, who passed away from ALS on September 11th, 2013,” said Burger, explaining the inspiration behind the upcoming Nov. 24 “paint day” at 22 Victoria Street. (Note and update: This event was originally scheduled Nov. 17 but was recently postponed to the 24th.)
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis — also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a disease that gradually paralyzes people as the brain becomes unable to communicate with the muscles of the body. Over time, as the muscles of the body break down, someone living with ALS will lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow and — eventually — breathe. ALS is not contagious and to date there is no cure for ALS. Funding is always needed for research.
“Erica’s life was so much more than this disease,” Read said, adding, “She loved and lived for her family and friends; she embraced life and did it with laughter and a warm spirit. I know this event will reflect that, with the beautiful Christmas scene we will paint.”
Read also held an event last year for the cause — funds of which were donated to area resident Melissa Sullivan, who passed away March 11th of this year.
The Sunday, Nov. 24, paint day fundraiser at McCloskey’s is scheduled 2 to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per person and includes all materials.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for registration and payment information or call 343-585-2415.