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Mall in the Hall to raise funds for Hemophilia Society

By: Stacie Snow

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 06:00 am

Carter Ruklic (left) plays with his sister Cassie in this family photo. The money raised at the Mall in the Hall event on April 14 will go toward research for Hemophilia, a disease Carter has had since birth.
Carter Ruklic (left) plays with his sister Cassie in this family photo. The money raised at the Mall in the Hall event on April 14 will go toward research for Hemophilia, a disease Carter has had since birth.
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Airdrie residents are encouraged to attend the first local Mall in the Hall small business market to benefit the Canadian Hemophilia Society’s Million Dollar Club, April 14 at the Legion.

Jen Ruklic, an Airdrie mother of a boy with hemophilia and member of the Hemophilia Society, started the fundraiser last year in Calgary and said it was a big success but she wanted to bring it home.

“I thought I would try to get the residents of the city of Airdrie behind us and I think it is going to be even better,” she said.

Ruklic recently started the charity Carter’s Quest for a Cure to raise money for the Hemophilia Research Million Dollar Club.

Her three-year-old son Carter has Hemophilia A. Hemophilia is an inherited disorder in which one of the proteins needed to form blood clots is missing or reduced. Hemophilia A affects fewer than one in 10,000 people, or about 2,500 Canadians.

“I just want to get the word out there and let people know about the disease because, yes it is a very rare disease, but you could be a carrier of it and pass it on to your children and not even know it,” said Ruklic.

She said although the Mall in the Hall, a gathering of Airdrie home-based businesses, will be Carter’s Quest’s biggest fundraiser, the awareness the event brings to the community about the disease is just as important as the money it brings in.

Last year’s event at a Calgary community hall attracted about 1,000 people and Ruklic hopes to double that. This year’s event will include 18 vendors such as Epicure, Scentsy, jewelry companies, Pampered Chef and more.

The event will include raffles, door prizes, a bake sale, face painting, balloons and YYC Food Trucks from Calgary that will sell perogies, noodles, barbecue, pastry, sandwiches and more.

“This all stemmed from one vendor coming to us and saying they would like us to host a party and they would give some of the money back to the cause,” said Ruklic.

“Soon there were three or four vendors and then we thought, ‘Why not rent a hall?’”

Vendors will give a percentage of their revenue from the event to Carter’s Quest for a Cure.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 14. It is $2 to get into the Mall in the Hall but entrance for children under 12 is free. The food trucks will be at the event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, visit http://cartersquest.weebly.com


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