Community of 800 rallies support for young boy with unbelievable fundraising efforts
Lashburn, Saskatchewan is a small community with a big heart. They moved their muscles in show of support of a local family on September 22 by hosting a dinner and silent auction. 300 tickets were printed and up until two days before the event, only 30 tickets had been sold in the town of 800 people. But this little community and surrounding area took up the challenge and sold the event out.
The organizer, and mom, Geri Coolidge had no idea what to expect when she started planning this event. Her goal was to raise awareness about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and raise funds to find a cure for this disorder. The Coolidge family have utilized Muscular Dystrophy Canada staff to get information and support. Her son, Preston, was diagnosed earlier in 2012, and after the acceptance of the diagnosis the Coolidge family got to work. End Duchenne magnets were created and sold, old cell phones were collected for refund, and the fundraiser night started to come alive. In a very short time, Geri and Preston have raised awareness of muscular dystrophy in their community, so much so that community members reached out themselves to Muscular Dystrophy Canada staff to learn more about DMD and how they can help the young boy in their community.
The evening featured a dinner, silent auction and live entertainment with a community of support who helped raise over $46,713.55. On October 19, Preston and Geri presented Muscular Dystrophy Canada with a cheque from their End Duchenne fundraising evening. The local community has requested this become an annual event.
Muscular Dystrophy Canada staff are available to offer support and resources for clients, individuals with neuromuscular disorders, their families, their communities or anyone looking for information or ways to help.