Local mother fundraising for family affected by cancer
By: Sara Wilson
| Posted: Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 06:00 am
One local family is up against the fight of their lives, and another is giving all they can to help.
Nova Scotia transplants Carolyn and Daniel d’Entremont learned on Jan. 12 that Daniel was diagnosed with lung cancer, and the disease has spread to his lymph nodes, T4 & T5 vertebrae, a right rib and a spot in his left hip.
The d’Entremont family moved to Airdrie in August 2013 from their hometown of Pubnico, Nova Scotia, “for work and better quality of living.”
Their friend Melanie Connolly Mansfield and her family, also from Pubnico and living in Airdrie, have set up fundraising initiatives to help the d’Entremonts with financial support.
“Our friends have recently received some extremely devastating, life-changing news,” Mansfield said.
“My son and their youngest son are good friends, as are we to them, and we want to do anything we can to help make this a bit easier for them to deal with.”
Mansfield set up a Facebook page, on Feb.10 called Love and Support to Help Daniel d’Entremont Beat Cancer, which had 292 members as of press time.
Mansfield will be hosting a family event to raise money for the d’Entremont’s on March 14 at the Living Springs Church off of Big Springs in Airdrie.
Tickets are $30 per person or $100 for a family of four, and the night will feature a silent auction.
“We are looking for silent auction items for the night,” Mansfield said.
Raffle tickets will also be available - $10 for one ticket or three tickets for $20 – for a first place prize of two tickets courtesy of WestJet, a second place prize of 50 pounds of lobsters and 15 pounds of scallops donated by a fisherman in Nova Scotia and a $100 cash third prize.
In addition, Airdrie Minor Hockey has provided a link on its website for anyone wanting to directly donate to the cause, as Daniel’s youngest son – Elias – plays junior hockey in Airdrie.
Airdrie Dragons Junior C Hockey Team has donated $265 and has challenged other teams to meet or exceed their donation.
“(Carolyn’s) spending too much time working and not with him (Daniel),” Mansfield said. “This fundraiser is to help her stay home and not be working six days a week.”
Mansfield is hoping to raise $10,000 to $15,000 to help ease the financial burden for the family. Carolyn and Daniel began dating when Carolyn was 13 years old and Daniel was 17 years old. They married in 1982 and have six children; Nehemiah 28, Nathaniel 27, Deminica 23, Emanuelle 20, Samuel, 17 and Elias, 13, as well as three grandchildren.
Daniel was a lobster fisherman for years in Nova Scotia, then later decided to go back to school for business and began working at Reg.com in Yarmouth, NS.
After moving to Airdrie, Daniel worked at Eaton Canada, while Carolyn is working at Luxstone Manor, as well as a position cleaning and working at Reitman’s Canada.
According to Mansfield, Daniel fell ill in December 2013 and began feeling worse, and was treated for a stomach ulcer. Finally Daniel went to another hospital on Jan. 12, where he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Daniel is not able to work with months of treatments, surgeries, prescriptions, strict diet and flights to see doctors.
“Daniel may have to fly out of province for surgery and have tissue samples analyzed and tested in laboratories in the United States to determine which method of treatment would work more aggressively on his cancer,” Mansfield wrote on the group’s wall.
Mansfield is also planning a fundraising cancer run tentatively set for March 29, for more information or to register call 587-360-0777.
To buy tickets to the March 14 event, call 587-360-0777. To donate the the family directly, visit www.airdriehockey.ca