Supporters of a family with a child facing a battle against a rare form of cancer rallied around them last weekend at a charity golf tournament at Twin Lakes.
Almost $3,000 was raised for Jen Levesque and Kyle Ganzeveld, the parents of five-year-old Myla who was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma a few months ago.
On Sunday, the family flew to Seattle for their first consultation taking place at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy Centre.
“We had a long day, but it went well,” said Levesque. “The staff at the proton centre are fantastic. Our cabbie even drove us for free this morning. Very nice people here in Seattle. We fly back to Penticton for a couple of weeks then we have six weeks head on with treatment.”
This weekend Levesque’s slo-pitch team, the Smokin’ Aces, are hosting the Little Miss Myla charity tournament at Lions Park. There will be silent auctions, raffles, 50/50 draws, food and a beverage garden with all the funds going to the family. Raffle tickets are $2 each with items such as a brand new kids mountain bike donated by the Bike Barn and various raffle baskets up for grabs.
Tickets are also being sold for three grand prizes including two roundtrip tickets to anywhere WestJet flies, a Whirlpool fridge and over the range microwave and a barbecue and accessories pack. Those tickets are $20 each and will be drawn at a third fundraiser (attendance not mandatory to claim prize), at a burger and beer night, being held on May 3 at the Barking Parrot.
Tickets to the burger and beer night are $20 and will be available for purchase at the slo-pitch tournament on the weekend or call 250-809-9524.