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Think positive thoughts for Ryder
I am writing on behalf of a group of Whistler moms who are attempting to raise funds for a very sick little boy. Four year old Ryder Evans-Brockett is currently battling inoperable brain cancer. Ryder is one of the strongest little guys we have ever met, and as his Mom said "Cancer has met its match in her son." Ryder and his family are former residents of Whistler who now reside in Burnaby, where they run Sharpey's Cycle Shop (www.sharpeyscycles.com).
Ryder’s parents only took over ownership of the bike shop in September last year, wanting to leave a legacy for their son that reflected their passion for the sport. They have expressed that keeping their business going will alleviate financial pressure on the family, allowing them to focus all of their energy into caring for their little boy during this difficult time.
In an effort to assist Nicole and Jimi Evans-Brockett, some of their Whistler friends and moms approached Test of Metal organizer Cliff Miller to ask if there was any possibility of raising awareness and funds for the family through the event. The response was immediate and supportive, with a resounding ‘yes’.
The task then became to get flyers and posters printed within four hours, which was all the time left on Friday before close of business. The seemingly impossible became possible with the help of Kim from Whistler Printing and Glenn from Cutting Edge Signs. When approached, both of these companies stepped in to offer immediate help. They ensured we had the flyers and posters printed for Test of Metal and donated their time and materials.
So on behalf of the committee of concerned moms, a big thank you to Test of Metal, Whistler Printing and Cutting Edge Signs, your generosity of spirit overwhelmed us, thank you.
We would also like to draw attention to Ryder’s family journal, where you can follow his progress as he battles this awful disease. The address is: www.caringbridge.org/visit/ryder There is also a link to the trust account set up to assist his family as they face this terrible challenge. Each journal entry ends with "Every Day In Every Way Ryder IS Getting Better And Better."
We ask for everyone to take a moment to send out positive thoughts and prayers for this wonderful family. Thanks once again Whistler, you truly are an amazing community.
Susie Douglas, Elena Maloney, Paula Jeffers, Lori Kercher, Carin Smolinski
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