Friend raising funds for mom of 5 with cancer

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.

“She has four kids of her own and one is her husband’s so five in total. Busy lady. I’ve got two and I can’t imagine five. She just had a little girl, who’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,” Skramstad said last week.

“She has to go every day for six weeks to Victoria or Vancouver for chemotherapy. So she’s had to give up her job,” she explained. “Her husband is working but it’s hard for him, too, because he wants to be there supporting her. And they’ve got the kids to care for, so it’s a lot on their plates.”

The fundraising idea is to help ease their burden, she said.

“All they’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. It’s a little bit of everything. It’s very sad but there’s a real need to help them out. Let’s make this happen,” Skramstad said.

An account has also been opened at the TD bank in Duncan where supporters can make cash donations for Aimee and her family.

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