Fund-raiser dance planned in Lake Cowichan for aplastic anemia

The Cowichan Lake community helped out the family of Cody Lawson a great deal in the past, his mother Sue Lawson said.

The Cowichan Lake community helped out the family of Cody Lawson a great deal in the past, his mother Sue Lawson said.

In 2008, a fund-raiser was held in Chemainus, for which Cowichan Lake area businesses helped out with prizes and donations. The beneficiary was local student Cody Lawson and his family, to help offset costs associated with hospital trips in dealing with aplastic anemia.

Cody’s doing much better now, Sue said.

“He’s still not back to work. He’s on his anti-rejection meds,” she said. Cody now lives in Nanaimo, where he’s closer to a hospital.

Another fund-raiser is being planned for Saturday, October 22; this time for other Cowichan Valley families dealing with aplastic anemia.

“We just want to raise enough money to help the families and help the kids,” Sue said. “The parents have to pay everything out of pocket. We just want to pay back what we received from so many people.”

The October 22 dance will be held at Centennial Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m., and will include light snacks, a silent auction, and a cash bar.

Music at the event will be provided by DJ Todd Cameron, formerly of Lake Cowichan.

Tickets are $15 each at Link Salon, or $20 at the door.