CORNWALL, Ontario - A campaign to raise money for a local teacher battling a rare form of cancer has raised more than $100,000 in just one month.
'We’re NUT Givin’ Up', a collection of volunteers rallying around Stephanie Grady and her family has secured $106,000 since the middle of February.
“It’s incredibly overwhelming,” said campaign spokesperson Heather Lisney, of the success so far. “It’s inspiring and very humbling.
"Stephanie and her family are so thankful for all of the kindness and generosity shown by friends, family, colleagues and students; and also complete strangers who have been "diggin' deep" to help her."
Grady suffers from NUT midline carcinoma, an aggressive cancer that has spread to her hips, pelvis, and spine.
In order to provide the opportunity for Grady to participate in a clinical drug trial at a cancer institute in Boston, supporters have organized events ranging from online and silent auctions to athletic events and tournaments, as well as breakfasts, brunches and dinners.
"It’s a significant relief for the family knowing they can now access these funds to help with the cost of care in Boston," said Lisney. "It's also giving hope and providing emotional support."
Upcoming fundraising events designed to help her family cover the treatments include:
• Major raffle featuring an NHL escape package (Tickets available from Rothwell-Osnabruck School, the Upper Canada District School Board, and Brockville Collegiate Institute)
• Benefit Volleyball Tournament at Brockville Collegiate Institute and Thousand Islands Secondary School on March 29 (8:00-5:00)
• Kelsey's (Cornwall) Kickback Night: March 31
• Finch Hockey Tournament: April 11-13
• East-Side Mario’s (Cornwall) Silent Auction and Kickback: April 25
• Keystorm (Brockville) Benefit Pub-Night Social: April 26
• A five-kilometre staff/student and community race in Cornwall: May 4
• Mom-to-Mom Sale at Brockville Collegiate Institute: May 10
• Even more events can be found under the calendar at www.gradyfund.com
Currently Grady is undergoing chemotherapy at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital, to slow the progression of the disease so she can be comfortable until her treatments in Boston.
The mother of three will participate in the trial by receiving high-level doses of the drug to combat the disease.