With the help of friends

Fontaine fundraiser in Nelson about more than burgers and beer

A fundraiser held to benefit Katrina Fontaine, the young woman with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, generated more than $16,000.

A fundraiser held to benefit Katrina Fontaine, the young woman with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, generated more than $16,000.

A crowd packed Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill last Friday evening with people there for more than just burgers and beer. Between 374 tickets sold, a 50/50 draw and donations, they raised $7,865. Add to that silent auction proceeds and the Fontaine family was blown away by the community support.

“Thank you to everyone who put in such an amazing effort to raise money to help with these surgeries,” said Fontaine on her blog.

In addition to the evening fundraiser, $16,297 has been raised in an online effort with a $100,000 goal.

Fontaine needs help paying for surgeries, available in the US, which will help improve her quality of life. EDS is a rare illness that causes a breakdown of the collagen in the body.

Fontaine has just returned home to Nelson from Maryland where she had two spinal surgeries in six days after which she was put on complete bed rest.

Since being allowed up, the 26-year-old was able to walk with no pain in her legs or feet for the “first time in my life.”

“I wish I could convey the excitement that I have over the improvements I’ve already seen and everything that has happened,” Fontaine said.


Just Posted

Flood threat increases at Nelson’s waterfront

Peak expected between May 30 and June 1

MP Cannings’ long-awaited wood-use bill passes in House vote

The private member’s bill is his first to pass the House, a rare feat for rookie MPs in opposition

LETTER: Causing any species to go extinct is a crime

‘The earth is not dying. It is being killed’

COLUMN: A look back at May, 1968

Greg Scott: Touchstones of Nelson

L.V. Rogers grads shine spotlight on talent at annual fundraiser

Show set for Tuesday, May 29 at the Capitol Theatre

Trans Mountain pipeline: Is it worth the risk?

Concerns range from the threat of an oil spill to the impact of tanker traffic on wildlife

B.C. to spend $181M to create 200 general practitioner jobs

Jobs will go to new medical school graduates

Federal leaders trade barbs about India trip at press gallery dinner

Justin Trudeau’s infamous trip to India earlier this year was the focus of many of the jabs

B.C. VIEWS: Our poverty reduction plan is already in place

NDP has another promise it needs to appear to keep

WestJet pilot strike averted as parties agree to mediation

Pilots had warned they could go on strike starting May 19

Out of control wildfire prompts restriction around Allie Lake

One of the first large wildfires of the 2018 season is blazing out of control

Most Read