Gina MacDonald was overwhelmed with the support she received during a recent fundraiser, and the generosity that flowed allowed her to help other people.
Her son Alec is a goalie with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec major Junior Hockey League, and when they held their Pink in the Rink fundraiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation she wanted to be able to enter the highest bid on his jersey. It meant a lot to her because she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, had a mastectomy and went through chemo and radiation treatments.
“So many people wanted to make sure I got the jersey they started chipping in and set up something on Gofundme. It was so touching that people wanted me to have the jersey.”
She decided if there was extra money she would put it toward purchasing G Blackmore’s jersey for his mother. Blackmore, who is from Millbrook, is also a member of the Wildcats
Enough was raised to purchase both jerseys ($950), with $500 to spare. Gina felt the extra money should go to the local We Care About Cancer Fund, which helps people battling cancer.
“Through the course of my treatment I met many people with cancer,” she said. “I was fortunate that I had good coverage and sick days. On top of the emotional stress of the disease, some people are dealing with financial stress. We Care About Cancer helps with things like groceries and gas money.
“It shocked me that so many people wanted to contribute because it represented a sacrifice for many of them. It’s very touching and it feels good to help two very good causes. I’ve cried many tears of gratitude.”