By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - Turning 50 is a huge milestone - especially if instead of a birthday party you host an event that raises $30,000 for childhood cancer support programs in the region.
© Adam Brazeau
Masquer-Aid 2014, a fundraiser in support of childhood cancer organizers Dr. Raji Menon (left), Cathy Heenan, and Helen Dawkes-Brown present Jocelyn Lamont, executive director of Candlelighters, with a $30,000 cheque.
Dr. Raji Menon recently pushed her own milestone aside to raise funds and awareness for Candlelighters - a non-profit organization which helps families in eastern Ontario offset the costs of battling cancer.
Menon credited her fellow co-organizers Cathy Heenan and Helen Dawkes-Brown, guest speaker and cancer survivor Paige Dillabough, volunteer Chris Munro, and the support of the community for raising the unexpected $30K.
"I couldn't of had a better party, it was the best gift of all," she said.
When the trio presented Jocelyn Lamont, executive director of Candlelighters, with an oversized cheque her eyes said it all.
"I was shocked this was the result of the event. From an organizational standpoint it's unbelievable," said Lamont. "This will fund our parking program for an entire year."
Specifically, the Candlelighters' program pays for all their members parking at CHEO in Ottawa, the Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto, and St. Justine’s in Montreal. In 2013, there were over 300 families using their services.