Fundraisers launched for local man battling cancer

Dave Hanlon. (Photo courtesy of Go Fund Me)

Community members and local businesses are stepping up to support a local man who’s battling an aggressive form of cancer.

Dave Hanlon was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) on September 21, 2021. According to the Mayo Clinic, AML is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

Hanlon has undergone various chemotherapy treatments and blood transfusions.

Unwilling to give up in the fight against cancer, Hanlon has also tried alternative medicines and therapies, however, they’re not covered by his insurance or health benefits.

Hanlon’s cousin Stacey Bourke said they recently received the good news that Hanlon has achieved remission, however, he needs to continue taking medications and needs a stem cell transplant.

In an effort to help Hanlon and his family financially, Bourke has organized a GoFundMe page and has helped organize a fundraising event with James Letourneau.

“Family is family, so the two of us just made a decision that we wanted to help him the best way that we could — the only way we know how. It’s such a helpless feeling when someone that you love and care about is going through something,” said Bourke.

An event called “#DaveFest” will be held at the Point Edward Arena on November 19, beginning at 12 p.m. Bourke said there will be live entertainment, a DJ, 50/50 draws, silent auctions, and door prizes.

“An auctioneer will be coming at 9 p.m. to auction off a couple of our bigger items. We have two signed guitars from Chris Hadfield, and I also have an 8×10 of Chris signing both guitars,” said Bourke.

With about 50 other prizes up for grabs, Bourke said there’s something for everyone. Other prizes include dance sessions, hand-crafted sculptures, massages, pet items, and a large Kobe Bryant plaque.

“People have been so amazing and kind. So many people have come together and just wanted to help,” Bourke said.

“I have so many volunteers, and the city and just the small businesses alone have been just so amazing, which people will see when they come out.”

Food will also be available during the event.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time or at the door for $10 each.