A very tired Wills Hodgkinson cuddles against his dad Tim, during a surprise trip home in April 2018. The family is back at B.C. Children’s Hospital after Wills’ cancer resurfaced. (File photo)

Fundraiser dinners to support Penticton boy fighting cancer

9-year-old Wills Hodgkinson is back at B.C. Children’s Hospital after being cancer-free for a year

Brennan Phillips

Western News

The community of Penticton is being called upon to rally in support of a local boy who is fighting cancer again, a year after he beat it the first time.

On Saturday, Jan. 4 and Saturday, Jan. 11, fundraisers for nine-year-old Wills Hodgkinson are being held at the Barley Mill Pub in Penticton, raising money to help the family with medical bills and other costs.

READ MORE: Nine-year-old Penticton boy faces return of lung tumours

After a year of being cancer-free, the Hodgkinson family recently found out that new tumours had been discovered on Wills’ lungs.

But some progress has been made.

In an update posted by his father, Tim on the Facebook group 9-year-old Wills fights cancer, the smaller tumour was successfully removed with surgery on Dec. 21.

Now Wills is heading back into chemotherapy for the second and larger tumour at the B.C. Children’s Hospital.

Word of the young boy’s relapse quickly spread through the community. When the team at the Barley Mill Pub found out, they offered to host the fundraisers in support of the family.

Tickets for the fundraiser were released today, and are available online at Eventbrite. Tickets are a minimum of $25 for adults and $10 for kids under 12, however, at checkout, you can choose to donate more. All funds raised through the dinners go to supporting the Hodgkinson family.

To find out more about the dinners, visit the Facebook event page.

Tim has also set up a foundation to encourage support from organizations and corporate interests not only for Wills but others like him at Wilmsfoundation.com.

For those who cannot attend dinner but would like to donate to the family, visit their Gofundme page: 9 yr Old Wills’ Fights Cancer.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


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