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Community rallies around cancer-stricken family

Brad and Carrie MacKinnon have been overwhelmed with the support they have received in the wake of Brad’s cancer diagnosis. - courtesy MacKinnon family
Brad and Carrie MacKinnon have been overwhelmed with the support they have received in the wake of Brad’s cancer diagnosis.
— image credit: courtesy MacKinnon family

Brad MacKinnon is normally an independent kind of guy.

Having a whole community step forward to assist his family has been a little overwhelming.

But Brad and wife Carrie couldn’t be more thankful for the support they’ve been receiving since his diagnosis with kidney cancer in December.

A small spray foam business owner, MacKinnon is currently undergoing radiation in Victoria at the B.C. Cancer Clinic.

MacKinnon, 43, discovered shortly after his initial diagnosis cancer had spread to his brain and lungs.

Radiation on his brain wraps up Friday and he is scheduled for another CT scan April 15 to determine results from the recent treatment.

Nonetheless, appointments, scans and treatments mean the couple has been very busy and needing to take time off work.

“If it wasn’t for Carrie coming to my appointments, I wouldn’t have known it had spread maybe for some time,” he said, explaining she noticed his smile looked crooked and mentioned it to his doctor, who then probed for more scans.

Meanwhile, parents from 12-year-old son Erick’s hockey team, members of their family and Carrie’s co-workers have been involved in making money issues the least of the family’s worries.

“With me not working and with Carrie’s working intermittently, that’s been tough,” said MacKinnon Monday following a radiation appointment in Victoria.

They also have a 20-year-old daughter Miranda.

Co-worker Nicole Lynch has been pounding the pavement getting folks in every corner of the community to step up with a fundraiser set for April 13 at the Duncan Community Lodge.

“We’ve had a lot of donations coming in and people getting involved,” she said, noting M&M Meats is donating burgers and Island Bakery the buns.

“Cancer affects all of us and I think that’s why people are so quick to jump on board,” Lynch said. “And we just want Carrie to be able to take the time needed off work.”

The fundraiser will feature a 50/50 draw, door prizes, penny collection entertainment, cash bar, and a Toonie raffle.

Burgers will be served hot off the grill at 5 p.m. and bidding for the Toonie raffle takes place until 6:30 p.m.

“I just can’t believe the support from Carrie’s co-workers,” said MacKinnon. “I’m just completely dumbfounded.”

Tickets are $10 each for the April 13 event and being sold at the News Leader Pictorial starting next week.

For more information, contact Nicole Lynch at 250-701-2842.

Donations of bottles and cans are also being accepted at the bottle depot in Duncan under the MacKinnon name.

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