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Concert to bring Tomas home

Posted on 01/08/2009 12:00am

Surrey North Delta Leader

Concert to bring Tomas home
A benefit concert will be held next weekend for Delta's Tomas Bourassa, 9, who was paralyzed in a cycling accident in April.

By Sheila Reynolds - Surrey North Delta Leader

Published: August 01, 2009

He and his dad were out for a bike ride in Delta's Watershed Park last spring when Tomas Bourassa's world took an unimaginable turn.

During the April 9 ride, Tomas fell off his bike, and was paralyzed from the waist down.

The nine-year-old spent the first two weeks after the accident at B.C. Children's Hospital, where he underwent surgery and began the rehabilitation process. Since then, he has lived at Sunny Hill Hospital learning how to adapt to life in a wheelchair.

While the Bourassas have a strong support system of family and friends, there are financial expenses that have come with Tomas' injury. As well as requiring a new van to accommodate a wheelchair and the purchase of a variety of other medical equipment, their home will need to undergo renovations, such as widening doorways and an elevator will need to be installed.

The family has applied for government assistance, but the process is lengthy and compensation limited.

Tomas is now ready to come home from hospital, but can't do so until the house modifications are complete.

Next Saturday, a concert will be held in New Westminster to help raise funds to make that happen.

A Rush tribute band called A Farewell to Kings will perform Aug. 8, with proceeds benefitting the Bourassas.

The band became aware of Tomas' story because the wife of the drummer is close friends with the family. They didn't hesitate to help.

Called Bring Tomas Home, the concert takes place Aug. 8 at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre at Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave., New Westminster. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($15) are available for purchase or reservation at www.afarewelltokings.net. Tickets may be available at the door, but pre-purchase is recommended.

An account under the name Tomas Bourassa Trust Fund has also been set up at Coast Capital Savings for those wishing to make a donation, or e-mail tomasbourassatrustfund@gmail.com

sreynolds@surreyleader.com