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Local girl's family needs help in cancer fight

Posted on 20/07/2011 12:00am

Local girl's family needs help in cancer fight
Cowichan Valley Citizen
July 20, 2011

A young Queen Margaret's School student and her family need the community's support.

Second-grader Amelie McLean was diagnosed with leukemia after a barrage of tests on June 8. She is currently receiving treatment at B.C. Children's Hospital in Vancouver and living at Ronald McDonald House with her mom.

As the news of her diagnosis spreads, friends and family are stepping up to help the family during their time of need.

On July 24, friends are hosting a burger and beer night, starting at 4 p.m. The event will be at Bay Pub in Cowichan Bay.

"Her battle with leukemia may take up to two years and it costs money," wrote family friend Nathalie Pease in an email to anyone and everyone who would read it. "Amelie is a wonderful seven-yearold and means a lot to all our families. She is one of my daughter's best friends and we love her dearly."

Amelie and her family now face the daunting task of living away from home for two months at a time with a possibility of coming home for three days every two weeks or so if she's well enough.

She's already endured a round of chemotherapy, a few blood transfusions and spinal tap and bone marrow tests. More will be forthcoming.

"I'm sure many of you have been touched by cancer as well. This can be very taxing on a family physically, emotionally and financially," Pease said. "Please join us for a fundraiser to help support this family in need with great food, live band and silent auction."

A trust account has also been set up at Coast Capital Savings Credit Union. Donations can be made to this account at any of their branches located across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Just mention McLean's name to the teller.

"Cheques can be made to Amelie McLean 'in trust' either at the bank or they can be given to Nathalie Pease (2507433561) or Mary Harrison (250-743-7960) as we are responsible for the account," Pease said.