Students at Rosemont Elementary pose with some of the fundraising items they’re using to help their ailing classmate Alistair.

Rosemont Elementary rallies for Alistair

Ailing student supported by multiple fundraising projects started by enthusiastic schoolmates.

Nelson’s Jasanna Dobbyn was wrapping Christmas presents in late November when she got a call letting her know her five-year-old son Alistair had suffered a seizure.

“I responded ‘what are you talking about?’ Alistair has been such a healthy kid,” she wrote online. “I met them at the hospital and within 20 minutes of being there he had another (Grand Mal) which I witnessed and brought me to my knees.”

Thus began a family emergency: Alistair was taken to BC Children’s Hospital via medevac on Nov. 26. It was there they learned he has a very rare brain tumour called diffuse intrinsic pontime glioma.

“It is an ‘incurable’ aggressively growing cancerous brain tumor. According to the doctors here, there are almost no survivors of this, though the radiology doctor said she knows of one who is in his 20s.”

Alistair, who is in kindergarten, has been undergoing radiation treatments.

“I never thought that this could/would happen to us,” Bellefeuille said.

She was moved to learn Alistair’s friends at Rosemont Elementary have already rallied behind him. The PAC held a bake sale that raised over $1,200, students have been creating art to sell and a donation jar sits at the front desk.

“Every piece of any kind of money you drop in here will go to Alistair in the hospital,” reads the pencilled message on the jar, decorated in bright primary colours.

Kindergarten student Milo Jarvis considers himself to be Alistair’s best friend, and staff report he has been donating money daily to the jar. Lily Love, Amber Gurung, Amelie Maltais, and Ruby Nay have also contributed their time and artistic efforts.

An account has been opened at the Nelson and District Credit Union for Alistair. The account number is 100000077818.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” wrote Jasanna.

 

 

Just Posted

Castlegar council set to rule on three retail cannabis proposals

Residents have until Dec. 27 to comment on the business proposals

Nelson Boxing named province’s top club

The club won several awards while going 13-1 at provincials

Nelson council rejects review of mayor’s salary

Mayor Dooley proposed that $10,000 of his pay be put in trust and a review undertaken

Nelson-area man wants trapping laws changed after dog killed

Louis Seguin’s 10-month-old Australian shepherd died in a body-gripping trap last month

West Kootenay highways a mess as heavy snowfall continues

‘Roads are very icy, people have to be patient and have to slow down’

Man caught on camera allegedly trying to defraud ICBC

Auto-insurer warns B.C. drivers to record info after crashes

Warning issued as forecast calls for 20-foot waves in Tofino

Dangerous waves, strong currents and upper-shoreline flooding expected for Tofino-Ucluelet area

An 800-pound pig named Theodore needs a forever home, B.C. society says

‘Theodore is not destined to be somebody’s bacon’

2,000 Canadians died of an overdose in first 6 months of the year

New data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows the crisis is not subsiding

Teenager Alphonso Davies wins Canadian Men’s Soccer Player for the Year Award

Derek Cornelius and Chilliwack native, Jordyn Huitema were named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

B.C. teen MMA fighter shows heart

Young Unity MMA competitors bring home Ws

Another B.C. city votes to ban single-use plastic bags

First six months of proposed ban would focus on education, not enforcement

UK Prime Minister Theresa May wins party no-confidence vote, but troubles remain

May won the vote of 317 Conservative legislators with a 200-117 tally

B.C. trustee’s anti-LGBTQ comments got him barred from schools

Barry Neufeld calls vote to leave him off liaison list ‘workplace discrimination’

Most Read