Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Carter's Quest for a Cure

So, as you know I am helping my friend, Jenny with her fundraiser called Carter's Quest for a Cure. It's been a lot of fun organizing it and it has been amazing to watch this grow from an idea in Jenny's head to a huge fundraiser that's taking place this saturday! It's amazing what can happen when people get together for a cause.
Calgary hemophilia group holds fundraiser

Carter’s Quest for a Cure takes place Saturday

By Lea Storry, Calgary Herald April 6, 2011 4:20 PM CALGARY -- A city mother just wants to take care of her son and is hoping others will help her in the fight against hemophilia.

World Hemophilia Day is coming up and Jennifer Ruklic and a small group are marking the occasion with Carter’s Quest for a Cure, a fundraiser on Saturday. Ruklic is Carter’s mom, and her two-year-old son suffers from severe type A hemophilia.

“Carter can’t clot his own blood,” Ruklic explained. “He needs a synthetic factor, and he gets IV infusions once a week. I do this at home, and from start to finish it takes about 20 minutes from getting his hands cleaned to the end of the treatment.”

Ruklic said she is amazed the youngest of her two kids can sit still for that long. He does wiggle a little bit, admitted the mom, but otherwise he’s a regular boy who loves to swim and play with his seven-year-old sister, Cassie.

Carter’s Quest for a Cure is taking place at the Glenbrook Community Hall at 3524-45th Street S.W. on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’ll be home-based businesses such as Epicure and Stella & Dot as well as a bake sale and raffle.

“It’s a worthwhile cause,” said Ruklic. “My son is only two years old and he can’t be his own advocate. He relies on the love and caring of the people around him.”

All proceeds will go to the Canadian Hemophilia Society, Southern Alberta Region. World Hemophilia Day is April 17.
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