Returns for Leukemia, put your empties to work

A group of local folks are planning to hitch up the trailer this weekend so they can collect your six packs, empty six packs that is.

The annual ‘Returns for Leukemia’ fundraiser, run by The Beer Store in conjunction with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada is all set to roll out the welcome trailer this weekend in Morrisburg, and the local team is inviting everyone to drop by The Beer Store and drop off their empties.

“We are planning it as a ‘fill the trailer drive’,” says Tracey Veinotte whose 19-year-old son Cole, recently completed his of treatment for Lymphoma Cancer and has received a great report.

He joins many others in the South Dundas community who have battled Leukemia or a Lymphoma Cancer (Hodgkins and non-Hodgkins).

“Cole was very fortunate that one of the biggest advances in treatments was available to him,” says Tracy in emphasizing the importance of raising money for research and the equipment needed to provide successful treatments.

“When Cole had his PET Scan for his Lymphoma cancer, he was told he would be the last person in that scanner as it was being replaced. These scanners are state of the art and crazy expensive, but thankfully the money is there for them. This is a very valuable test for Lymphoma Cancers.”

Veinotte points to others in the community who are a testament to the success of cancer treatments that years ago might not have had quite the same results. She speaks of the very young Nash Nesbitt who underwent his treatment three years ago,  and to Matt Bilmer and Sylvia Westphal all of whom have benefitted from the treatment availabilities. And to others who will benefit from more advances down the road.

“Many of us have friends and family who have been diagnosed with Leukemia and Lymphoma and this is our way to support them,” says Veinotte. “To fill a trailer with empties, how easy is that.” 

Leukemia is the number one disease killer of children under 19 and the incidence of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in adults has doubled since 1973.

The drive will run this weekend on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25 and any bottles/cans that are refundable will be accepted…beer, (bottles and cans) liquor, cooler bottles etc. Cash donations will also be accepted.

Last year, over $1.7 million was raised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. One hundred per cent of the money raised through the returns goes to the Society.

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