Jeff Heuchert, Stratford Gazette
A barbecue and silent auction was held Saturday in Upper Queen’s Park to support a cause close to its young organizer’s heart.
At just 12 years of age, Kylee Pauli knows first-hand just how tough a cancer diagnosis can be on an individual and their family and friends. She’s experienced it with her great-grandmother, grandmother, aunt and now a neighbour.
“I said finally that’s enough and I want to do something about it,” said the Stratford youth.
That something was Kylee’s Cure for Cancer, an afternoon of music, food and an auction. Everything that went into making the day possible, including the nearly 45 auction items, was donated, ensuring that every dollar raised went directly to the Canadian Cancer Society.
“I’ve had so much support it’s really amazing,” said Pauli, who spent months planning for the fundraiser, first writing to the cancer society and the city for permission to hold the event.
Though family was happy to help out, Pauli’s mom, Stacey Ferguson, said her daughter did most of the planning for the fundraiser.
“I’m so proud of her,” she added.
Pauli’s goal was to raise awareness of just how far-reaching the disease is – and that by supporting the cancer society they would likely be helping a family member of friend down the road.
“I hope people realize it’s not just about the person with cancer, because everyone has to deal with it. Even if it’s not them having cancer, it hits everybody’s family.”
Pauli hoped to raise about $1,000 from the event, a mark she wasn’t sure she would reach Saturday alone. She will continue to accept donations for the next 30 days. Anyone wishing to donate can call 226-880-1481.