Seeing a real need to help a friend, Saldana Bauman Skramstad is organizing a special for Aimee Smith, a mother of five who is battling uterine cancer.
â€œShe has four kids of her own and one is her husbandâ€™s so five in total. Busy lady. Iâ€™ve got two and I canâ€™t imagine five. She just had a little girl, whoâ€™s nine months old now, and she had some trouble during the pregnancy. But in the last month, they have just found out that she has very progressed uterine cancer,â€ Skramstad said last week.
â€œShe has to go every day for six weeks to Victoria or Vancouver for chemotherapy. So sheâ€™s had to give up her job,â€ she explained. â€œHer husband is working but itâ€™s hard for him, too, because he wants to be there supporting her. And theyâ€™ve got the kids to care for, so itâ€™s a lot on their plates.â€
The fundraising idea is to help ease their burden, she said.
â€œAll theyâ€™re going to have is his income so this money will give them some extra financial support along with making it possible for him to take some time off work to help her and help with the kids. Itâ€™s a little bit of everything. Itâ€™s very sad but thereâ€™s a real need to help them out. Letâ€™s make this happen,â€ Skramstad said.
She has lined up a Burger and Beer Night at the Cobblestone Inn in Cobble Hill Saturday, Jan. 11 starting at 5 p.m.
Tickets are available through Skramstad or HYPERLINK "https://www.facebook.com/cheri.whittle"Cheri Whittle at $20 a ticket.
Check the Facebook page: Beer & Burger Night @ the Cobblestone Inn for Aimee.
Thatâ€™s where supporters can keep up to date on any event changes.
An account has also been opened at the TD bank in Duncan where supporters can make cash donations for Aimee and her family.
Even before Christmas, Skramstad was already receiving empties.
â€œI would also like to say a big thank you for all the bottles we have received so far. It’s amazing the support of the community. Thanks everyone,â€ she said on the Facebook site.