Community rallies around Lakefield woman battling cancer

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WARSAW — Residents, local businesses and community organizations in the Warsaw and Lakefield area are rallying to support Sylvia McFadden and her battle against cancer.

The Warsaw Lions Club is hosting a Cruise Night on Saturday to raise money for McFadden. The event, which will feature a car show, barbecue, 50/50 draw and raffle, will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at the Warsaw Lions Park in Douro-Dummer Township.

McFadden, a longtime Lakefield resident, is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia. She was recently diagnosed after beating Hodgkin’s lymphoma three years ago.

McFadden has completed two months of treatment at Kingston General Hospital. She’s set to undergo more treatment at the hospital before going to Toronto for a bone-marrow transplant.

Her story was brought to the attention of members at the Warsaw Lions Club, who set out to organize the cruise night to collect money to cover travel costs and to help out with bills.

“She’s really excited about (the fundraiser). She can’t believe how many people are coming forward with donations,” said Sylvia’s son Jesse McFadden, who has been helping organize the event alongside his brother Jake.

“It’s mind-blowing,” he said.

Local businesses in Selwyn and Douro-Dummer townships donated prizes — from patio furniture and fire wood to hockey memorabilia — for a raffle.

“The whole community is coming together,” said Warsaw Lions Club member Sam Hilderbrandt.

The Warsaw Lions Club hosts cruise events to collect money for in-need community members.

“It’s sad that we haven’t been able to do this in two years because of COVID-19, but hopefully that’s all behind us and we can strive forward for what we do as a club and help out locals who are in need,” Hilderbrandt said.

He expects the upcoming cruise night to be one of the biggest yet, with dozens of vehicles set to show up — from cars and trucks to motorcycles.

“I’ve even heard tractors will be showing up,” Hilderbrandt said.

There isn’t a specific fundraising target.

“Our goal is just to help,” Hilderbrandt said.

Prize donations can be dropped off at the Douro-Dummer Township office until Aug. 9, but guests can bring items to the event on the day of, too.

The cruise night is free to attend. Donations are welcomed at the gate.

The Warsaw Lions Club hosts cruise night car shows every Wednesday at the park.

Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner, based in Peterborough. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative.

Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner