Kincardine Banding Together To Help Family Battling Cancer

The Drink A Barrel For Kent and Carole event will benefit Carole Hajji, left, and Kent Rees, who are struggling with Carole's fight against breast cancer, and help them care for their young daughter Madeleine.

The community of Kincardine is banding together to help a family stricken by cancer.

Kent Rees and his wife Carole Hajji are dealing with a tough situation as Carole battles breast cancer, while Kent recently was laid off, all while caring for their young daughter Madeleine.

Todd Thompson, a family friend, has put together a special event called Drink A Barrel For Kent and Carole. He says he’s blown away by the support.

“I have donations coming from people that don’t even know them, they just read the story and wanted to donate. It’s incredible to tell you the honest truth,” says Thompson.

He says he has been friends with Kent a long time, all the way back to high school, and he was shocked and saddened to hear about the ordeal facing Kent and his family. Thompson saw both of his parents battle cancer, and said he wanted to put something together to help out.

“My family was hit with cancer the last few years, and I know what they’re going through, I’ve seen it, with my parents and the trouble and financial strain. Especially for them with a little girl, too, I can’t imagine it,” says Thompson.

Drink A Barrel For Kent and Carole is next Saturday, November 12 at Gilley’s Feedlot, on 832 Queen St., from 9pm until 2am. Kent and Todd worked at Gilley’s together in the past, and it remains a special place for them. There will be a silent auction from 9pm-11:30pm, and donations will be accepted at the door. Kent’s nephew Austin Rees will be DJing from 10pm-2am. You can also visit the Facebook page by clicking here, or the GoFundMe page by clicking here. To donate an item for the silent auction or find out what is available, email Todd Thompson at