A need for speed

Jet drag­ster com­ing to Em­mer­son fundraiser

The Delhi News-Record - - NEWS - MONTE SONNENBERG MSon­nen­berg@post­media.com

A com­mu­nity fundraiser this week­end in Scot­land will fea­ture an ap­pear­ance by one of the fastest land-based ve­hi­cles in all of On­tario.

The North­ern War­rior jet drag­ster is the brain­child of Neale Arm­strong, the long-time man­ager of Drag­way Park near Cayuga. Arm­strong com­pleted the drag­ster in 2015 and has since ramped it up to 300-plus miles per hour in the quar­ter mile.

Satur­day’s fundraiser will be held at Mod­ern Auto Parts on Townsend Con­ces­sion Road 2 just east of High­way 24. The event will be held on be­half of Vic­to­ria Em­mer­son, 5, of LaSalette, and her fam­ily. The young­ster has been di­ag­nosed with leukemia and is un­der­go­ing an in­ten­sive pro­gram of chemo­ther­apy.

“Teeter­ville fire­fight­ers are go­ing to put on a safety show for the kids,” says Mod­ern co-owner Todd Hope. “I un­der­stand they’re go­ing to put on a demon­stra­tion with the Jaws of Life.”

Em­mer­son has be­come a fa­mil­iar face at McMaster Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Hamil­ton since re­ceiv­ing her di­ag­no­sis in April.

There have been biop­sies, spinal taps and the in­fu­sion of chem­i­cal cock­tails de­signed to re­verse her can­cer. The treat­ment on­col­o­gists have mapped out for Vic­to­ria will take nearly three years to com­plete.

The di­ag­no­sis has placed a fi­nan­cial strain on Vic­to­ria’s par­ents Becky and Jared. A Go­FundMe cam­paign has been mounted on their be­half with a goal of $10,000. Nearly $3,600 has been raised so far, with Satur­day’s event ex­pected to add sig­nif­i­cantly to the to­tal.

“We’re go­ing to have a prac­tice ses­sion with the Jaws of Life,” says Gary Tay­lor, a cap­tain at Nor­folk Fire & Res­cue Sta­tion 4 in Teeter­ville. “We’ll tape off an area where peo­ple will be safe and we’ll tear a few cars apart.”

Grand­fa­ther Dana Thorne, of Brant­ford, re­ports that Vic­to­ria had a quiet sum­mer filled with love, fun and ad­ven­tures.

“She had a good July,” he said in an in­ter­view. “There wasn’t too much hos­pi­tal. We tried to give her as much child­hood as we could be­cause she was feel­ing pretty good. We’re try­ing to fit in as much as we can while we can.”

This sum­mer was the calm be­fore the storm. The fam­ily is brac­ing for four months of chemo­ther­apy be­gin­ning this fall. Chemo­ther­apy is dif­fi­cult at the best of times but a se­ri­ous ill­ness of­ten re­quires a se­ri­ous cure.

A bonus mus­cle car will ap­pear at Mod­ern Auto Parts along with the North­ern War­rior. Satur­day’s event be­gins at noon and winds up at 3 p.m. Ham­burg­ers and hot dogs will be bar­be­cued on site and avail­able to the pub­lic.

Ad­mis­sion is free but do­na­tions will be grate­fully ac­cepted. Mod­ern Auto Parts is lo­cated at 78 Townsend Con­ces­sion Road 2 just east of High­way 24.

DAVE ERAUW PHOTO

A fundraiser for a LaSalette girl who is bat­tling leukemia will be held this Satur­day at Mod­ern Auto Parts near Scot­land. The event will fea­ture an ap­pear­ance by the North­ern War­rior, a jet drag­ster ca­pa­ble of speeds in ex­cess of 300 miles per hour.

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