Some help for Melody

UPDATE February 26, 2012

We are organizing a Pub Trivia night on Sunday, March 11th at 6 PM at Ciro’s in Woonsocket. This event is a fundraiser for 2-year old Melody Corbett, recently diagnosed with Leukemia and undergoing chemotherapy in Ottawa (more below).

Ciro’s has graciously offered up their newly renovated Hampton Court, and Ricky of One Dude & a Speaker has volunteered his time to serve as trivia master.

The cost is $25 per person and includes a free beverage (domestic beer / house wine / bottomless soft drink). Come in teams of 5. If you’re short we can help match you with another team. Ricky puts on a great trivia night and you are almost guaranteed to have fun even if you don’t get any questions right. We will also be holding a 50/50 draw; tickets will be $1 each. Prizes for the winning trivia teams TBD.

To sign up, please visit our Facebook event page or if you’d prefer e-mail us at aaron.bertrand@gmail.com. We will of course gladly accept donations even if you can’t make the event – but we’d love for you to join us!

One of my best friends, going back to grade school, was dealt a really big blow in January: his daughter Melody, who will turn 3 in May, was diagnosed with Leukemia. Here are a couple of shots of Melody (and Jonathan) when we visited them over the Christmas break:

They are with her now at CHEO in Ottawa, staying at a Ronald McDonald house almost 4 hours from home, helping Melody go through chemotherapy and many other procedures and tests. A plea went out on Facebook to help them out, and I wanted to try to help spread it a little further. If you’re on Facebook, you can see the story here after logging in:

http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10151188536190454&id=752000453

I’ll repeat the information here for those not on Facebook:

A message for Krista, Jon and Melody’s friends and family:

Like us, we imagine that the Shakell/Corbett family has been often on your mind as Melody undergoes treatment for leukemia at CHEO. Like us, we imagine that many of you are wondering what you can do to help support Krista, Jon and Melody. We know from our own experiences and those of friends, that staying at a hospital away from home with your child gets very expensive. There are fees for parking, meals, incidentals, etc., as well as the anticipated costs of lost income and travel.

With the family’s permission, we are posting here to suggest a virtual fundraiser where we would each make a donation of ever helpful cash to Krista and Jon. By doing this, we will each get to help in a small way, at a time when we all wish we could help so much.

It’s easy to send money online or via your smartphone. All you need is an email address (krista.m.corbett@gmail.com). You can use either an e-money transfer via your bank when logged into your accounts online, or you can send money via PayPal. PayPal is free and it’s easy to set up an account. For either method, Krista will get an email with instructions as to how to access the money you have sent.

We are each going to donate $25 directly to the family today, and hope you will consider doing the same.

Please “share” this post to help spread the word throughout Krista and Jon’s networks of many caring friends, including those who may not yet know about Melody’s illness.

Thank you,
Kate Rogers and Erin Rogers (friends of Krista)

We hope that you will find a way to give a little toward this family facing some really tough times. No amount is too small. If you’re not comfortable with the e-money transfer or with PayPal, we will be more than happy to collect paper checks and make sure they get to the family on your behalf. Or, if you want their mailing address, just let me know at aaron.bertrand@gmail.com.

2 responses to “Some help for Melody

    • We feel bad because it took a while to get off the ground. But we are hopeful that its success will make up for it! Based on the initial interest we should be able to fill the place to capacity.

      Hope all is as good as it can be on your end, and hope we’ll get to see you all in a few weeks!

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