A community fundraiser is taking place Friday night in Rouleau in order to raise money for a local family.
Seven year-old Blake Nasea was diagnosed with Leukemia about a month and a half ago, so the community decided to come together to raise funds for his cancer treatments.
Event volunteer Jordan Clarke says it’s something that’s easy to get behind.
“It’s fairly shocking news for the family and for the community, but in good small-town fashion, everybody came together, and we want to do something to help the family, help Blake, and help lift spirits,” Clarke said. “If we could ease the financial burden of that kind of situation, then we’d want to do that.”
Clarke said Blake is an inspiration for everyone who knows him.
“Blake is the kind of kid, he’s a fighter, he’s got great spirits,” Clarke said. “I actually coach him in hockey, and just to see the way that he is on the ice, and my wife coaches him in Baseball, and he’s just one of those kids that can light up a room and work really hard, and has a great spirit. We know he’s going to battle through this.”
Clarke said live and silent auctions are also taking place with quite an impressive collection of items available.
“We have five signed hockey jerseys right now from NHL players, Keith Aulie from Rouleau, Travis Zajac, Nolan Patrick Wendel Clark,” Clarke said. “There’s a signed Washington Capitals jersey, we have four game tickets to VIP seats with the Edmonton Oilers and overnight accommodations.”
Event tickets are officially sold out, but those looking to donate can still do so. More information is available on the Fundraiser’s Facebook page.