A Castlegar family needs help making a miracle come true this Christmas.
Mathieu Beaudet, age 31, was raised in Castlegar, where he graduated from Stanley Humphries Secondary School. He now lives in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. with his wife and three children, and is fighting a rare, aggressive form of cancer called synovial sarcoma.
The cancer originated in Beaudet’s right foot, which had to be amputated last year. In October, it was discovered that the cancer had metastasized to both of his lungs. Beaudet’s prognosis is a median of one year with aggressive chemotherapy treatment.
Beaudet’s parents are long-time residents of Castlegar and Polly Campbell, a friend of the family, wants to help them get to Alberta to spend Christmas with their son and his family.
“The parents have been through heavy personal and financial hardships since his diagnosis over a year ago,” explains Campbell. “So now they need to go up there and they want to be up there for Christmas and also possibly stay as long as needed to help the rest of the family while he’s going through chemotherapy.”
Beaudet also recently became an uncle, and Campbell would also like to help his sister and her family get to him for the holidays.
Cans for donating can be found at Shoppper’s Drug Mart, Boulevard Hair, Mother Natures, Total Pet, Selkirk Eye Care, Pharmasave, and Common Grounds.
Beaudet and his family are also raising money to help pay for alternative treatments, vitamins and herbs, food, bills and someone to help keep their home extra clean.
To donate to Beaudet and his family, send an email transfer to Matt-Family@outlook.com, or a cheque to Mathieu Beaudet, PO Box 3055, Fort Saskatchewan, AB, T8L 2T1, or visit his GoFundMe campaign page.
The GoFundMe campaign has already allowed 72 people to raise $6,855 in just one day, and the family’s goal is to raise $30,000.
The money raised isn’t just to help Beaudet.
On his GoFundMe page, Beaudet says, “Every dollar I can give will be donated to research for my cancer!”