St. Lawrence College students host local fundraiser for Blok family

A St. Lawrence College project is taking aim at helping a young local family.

A group of six second year Social Service Worker students from St. Lawrence College in Cornwall is currently working on a community development project which allows them to work within the community in order to work towards a cause of their choice.

Tessa Perry, who is from Morrisburg, made a suggestion that the rest of her project group immediately agreed to.

The project group includes; Tessa Perry from Morrisburg, Sarah Archambault from Long Sault, and Jade Mercier, Kari Brown, Cassandra Bowen, and Channelle Seguin from Cornwall. 

They are organizing and hosting a spaghetti dinner and silent auction to raise funds to help 19 year old Jessica Blok, and her family, husband Dustin and daughter Autumn. 

Jessica is fighting stage four Rhabdomyosarcoma cancer.

Since Jessica and Dustin married in hospital in 2014, the students have decided to raise funds for a honeymoon.

“We are looking to rent Jessica a cottage for a weekend this spring/summer 2015,” explained the students in the project proposal. 

“The money raised will be used for a weekend getaway, all expenses paid.”

“I have known Jessica throughout public and high school in Iroquois,” said Tessa. 

“My group of wonderful ladies were inspired when I told them about Jessica’s situation, as a suggestion for our project, which is meant to have the community work together.”

Although this is a school project, the group hopes their efforts will be met with much community support, to help do something special for the Bloks.

The fundraiser will take place April 11 at the Morrisburg Legion. (4:30-7 p.m.).

Anyone wanting to donate to the auction, can email