– submitted by Ali George

There will be a fundraiser for Cole at Newkey’s Place in Crawford Bay on Saturday, February 25th.  There will be a bake sale and auction at 2:00 pm, a meat draw at 4:00 pm, and live music at 7:00.  Please call Pam at Newkey’s @ 250-227-6911if you are able to donate baked goods and/or items for the auction. 

Last October, 22-year-old Cole Little (son of Ron and Cindy Little of Crawford Bay) was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, the same type of cancer that Terry Fox had.  Surgery was needed to remove a tumour on his pelvis, and as a result, he lost half of his pelvis, as well as his tailbone, and is having to learn how to walk again. 

Cole and his family are thrilled to share with you that Cole’s first post-surgery scan has shown that he is CANCER FREE!!  They are so grateful for the financial support that has come from our beautiful community (and beyond).  The gofundme page (https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-22year-old-cole-little-conquer-osteosarcoma) that was started for Cole by family friend Kathy Neeves has raised just over half of their $50,000 goal.  Cole has been released from the hospital as a full-time patient, and has now been able to acquire the customized wheelchair that he needs in order to be an outpatient at the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver.  He is working so hard at recovering his mobility. With the help of specialized equipment like forearm crutches and a special brace to support his pelvis and hold his ankle in place, Cole will walk again.  Some of these essential items are partially covered by insurance, but the remaining costs are still significant and will continue to add up over the next two years of Cole’s recovery. 

Please consider making a donation on Cole’s  gofundme page, or if you already have, please pass this article and the link on to others.  Cole has shared that the support that he has received so far is what keeps him going.  Many, many thanks to those who have donated so far. 

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