By RASHIDA POWANKUMAR
Members of the Beach community are coming together to help a six-year-old boy diagnosed with brain and spine cancer and his family.
In January, Cindi Shoot’s son Ethan was diagnosed and it changed the lives of the Main Street and Danforth Avenue area family.
Ethan and his mom Cindi are at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee at the moment as he undergoes treatments.
Community members heard about what the family is dealing with through word of mouth and are now coming together to help raise funds for Cindi, who is a single mom raising Ethan and his sister Chloe.
A silent auction and bake sale will be held on Saturday, May 4 to benefit the family.
The event will take place at the Beaches Recreation Centre, 6 Williamson Rd., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds will be going towards treatment costs for Ethan.
Organizers of the fundraiser are local residents Gaby Jacob, Therese Occhipinti and Adrienne Scott.
Students from a number of local schools including Williamson Road, Glen Ames and Malvern Collegiate will be helping at the fundraiser on May 4.
The silent auction items include silk scarves, champagne, helicopter rides and picnic baskets. Jacob and Occhipint will also be selling 40 strawberry dulce de leche cakes as part of the sale.
Cindi is blogging about Ethan’s treatments on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10161498252170263&set=a.10151496406680263&type=3&theater).
Recently she wrote, “Ethan is a warrior! 30 days of sedation, proton radiation and recovery daily. He completed phase two of the treatment plan. So proud of him! We Got This!”
Along with the May 4 event, there is also a GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for Ethan’s treatments. It can be accessed at https://www.gofundme.com/f/love-for-sweet-ethan