Fromleft are Terry Blackadder-Belmore and Lisa Steer. A fundraiser is being held Feb. 8 for Blackadder-Belmore who requires a new prosthetic leg.
CORNWALL, Ontario - Terry Blackadder-Belmore's eyes fill up with tears when she discusses the one wish she has in life - to walk her daughter Jessica down the aisle.
But it won't be easy. Blackadder-Belmore's life has been anything but a cakewalk. She's already wheelchair-bound, with one leg amputated and another still recovering from an automobile accident that crushed her femur years ago.
She's a cancer survivor and just last year she underwent triple-bypass surgery.
To say her life has been difficult would be an understatement.
Despite all that, all she wants to do is be at Jessica's side Sept. 15, 2015 for the wedding.
"I wasn't able to give her much. I was a ingle mom," said Blackadder-Belmore, her eyes welling up. "But this is something I can give her back."
Blackadder-Belmore requires a new prosthetic right leg. The one she has now is loaner, provided by an Ottawa rehab centre.
A new leg wil cost her $13,000, what she says is her share after contributions from outside sources like government funding and such.
A fundraiser is taking place Feb. 8 at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 297 to secure as much money as possible for her.
"Walking is everything to me," she said. "Like it would be to you, or anyone else."
Lisa Steer, one of Blackadder-Belmore's friends who is helping to organize the event which begins at 7 p.m., said seeing her buddy walk would be amazing.
Tickets to the event are $5 and can be purchased by calling 613-933-3954.