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Published November 19, 2009

Cancer is never an easy disease to deal with and it is particularly hard when it strikes a young child. Two year old Kylie, daughter of Vickie and Peter Babcock was diagnosed with lung and liver cancer three months ago. It has been an emotional and stressful time for the Babcocks as they spend every moment by her side to give her all the love and support that they can. The treatments continue as Kylie faces her third of four bouts of chemotherapy and then surgery over the Christmas holidays.

Family and friends are asking the community to help ease the financial burden. Vicky and Peter have been paying for travel and expenses during the treatments at Sick Children's Hospital, Toronto and KGH, Kingston. There have been medical costs as well. It is costing the Babcocks $2,500 for each of the four chemotherapy treatments and it is not covered by OHIP.

To help defray these expenses there will be two fundraisers in the next two weeks. On November 21 there will be a dance at the Verona Lions Hall. Performers will include Rick Smith and Free Beer, Sydenham High School band Rock Bottom, and SHS acoustic performer Alex Garofalo. There will be a silent auction. All of the performers are playing for free and an anonymous donor is covering the cost of the hall, so all the money raised will go to the Babcocks. Tickets are $10. The dance starts at 8 pm. Tickets are available from Brook's IGA, Atkinson's Home Hardware and at the door.

On November 28, the second fundraiser will be a concert by the popular Verona gospel band, Crimson River, at the Verona Free Methodist Church. There will be a silent auction and admission is by donation. The concert starts at 6:30 pm. For information about these two fundraisers, call Tonya Selle at 613-376-6514. Help support this worthy cause.

This year Kevin Wenkoff organized a Remembrance Day Ceremony that was both moving and inspirational. At 10:45 am, November 11, all of the Prince Charles Public School students marched solemnly to the cenotaph in McMullen Park to join the many veterans and Verona residents assembled. The students played an important role in the ceremony as they read stories and poems and laid flags and poppies around the cenotaph. With the involvement of our youth, our valiant soldiers will never be forgotten.

The Christmas for Kids program is in full gear. This program demonstrates the community's love and concern by buying special presents for kids in families who are struggling to keep afloat. The presents - stylish warm clothing, books, puzzles, games and stuffed toys - are gaily wrapped and grouped by family for surprise delivery. Now it is up to you. The collection jars have been distributed throughout the village in various stores and businesses. A great place to deposit your spare change. Any unwrapped new toys, books, gloves, mittens, socks, underwear can be dropped off at the Verona Hardware Store. Your generosity will help make this Christmas special for a lot of children.

Debbie Lingen

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