Rock the Park Passes $2-million for Bethanys Hope

Derek "Rock" Botten and Dave McIntyre

Organizers say 30,000 people visited Harris Park during the 11th annual Rock the Park, putting the ongoing total for charity over the threshold of $2-million.

The weekend ended with Free-FM’s Saturday line-up, starting with Under the Covers contest winners Highway Jones from Sarnia.  They were followed by the Headpins, 38 Special, Huey Lewis and the News and the Burton Cummings Band. Organizers were thrilled with the turnout and the fact that rain that was forecast didn’t materialize, except for a brief afternoon shower that finished before the gates opened at 3:30 pm.

Funds raised from Rock the Park go to Bethanys Hope, a charity founded by Dave and Lindey McIntyre. Their daughter, Bethany, was diagnosed at the age of two-and-a-half with Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD), the most common form of Leukodystrophy, a rare inherited neurometabolic disorder affecting the white matter of the brain (Leukoencephalopathy). The disease first stole Bethany’s ability to swallow, speak, walk and finally took her life when she was just seven. The McIntyres and their six other children have worked tirelessly to fund research to find a treatment or a cure for this rare but relentless disease.

Due in large part to Rock the Park, Bethanys Hope Foundation has been able to fund research and a possible treatment is headed toward clinical trials in 2018.