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FUNDRAISING DANCE A PARTY

Posted on 19/10/2009 12:00am

By Allison Vail - Ladysmith Chronicle Published: October 19, 2009

A young man who got some financial help while he was in the hospital with aplastic anemia is trying to help out some friends.

Cody Lawson, who was born in Ladysmith but has lived in different communities on the Island, has had two bone marrow transplants. A similar fundraiser last year helped pay for some of the costs of transportation and staying in Vancouver during treatment.

Now, he wants to raise money for others he has met who have the same challenges.

"There were lots of other people in his position," said PJ Halliday, Lawson's aunt. "Cody has met people and found friendships there (at BC Children's Hospital). He's hoping to help those people."

Halliday said Lawson still has to travel to Children's Hospital for tests.

Aplastic Anemia is a rare disease, with only two to 12 new cases per million people per year, according to the Aplastic Anemia and Myelodysplasia. Essentially, the patient's marrow doesn't produce red cells, which carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.

Last year there was a Halloween themed family dance, and this year Lawson wanted to have a similar event.

The event is Oct. 24 at Ladysmith Eagles Hall. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and there will be a silent auction, light snacks and a cash bar.

Halliday is still collecting silent auction items.

The Naked Grapes is the live band.

Tickets are $15 each or 4/$50 and or available at the door for $20. Advance tickets are available at the Frank Jameson Community Centre 250-245-6424 or email Halliday at leohalliday@shaw.ca. Or, call Debbie at 250-245-5226.