Jaydee Bixby plans can­cer fundraiser af­ter Canada Day per­for­mance

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

One of Drumheller’s na­tive sons is com­ing home for Canada Day, and while he is here, he hopes to make a dif­fer­ence for can­cer pa­tients lo­cally.

Jaydee Bixby and mem­bers of his fam­ily will be head­lin­ing the Canada Day cel­e­bra­tion in Drumheller and he is ex­cited to be com­ing for the con­cert.

“We are look­ing for­ward to it,” Bixby tells “We are also play­ing Hand Hills Stam­pede. It is re­ally im­por­tant for us to be there.”

On top of this per­for­mance, he is plan­ning a can­cer fundraiser and aware­ness event called “River Float for Can­cer.”

“I have been in­volved with many dif­fer­ent can­cer fund-

The Mail.

rais­ers my­self, but I have never been in­volved in or­ga­niz­ing one,” Bixby tells

The Mail.

He has been in con­tact with Betty Farmer who is help­ing with the lo­gis­tics of cre­at­ing the event.

Like many peo­ple, his life has been touched by can­cer.

“I lost my grand­par­ents to can­cer, my big sis­ter has had can­cer be­fore and my dad is go­ing through a bout right now,” said Bixby.

On July 2, he said he is plan­ning to cast off from Nacmine with as many floaters on tubes or rafts as pos­si­ble, with a vi­sion of fill­ing the river.

“I spent a lot of my child­hood swim­ming in that river, whether it was New­cas­tle Beach or just below the North Drumheller bridge. That’s where I learned to Jaydee Bixby will be per­form­ing in Drumheller for Canada Day, and on July 2 he is plan­ing Drumheller’s First River Float For Can­cer to raise funds and aware­ness. Re­cently he shaved his head for can­cer aware­ness. swim,” said Bixby. “I’ve done walks for the cure, but I have never ac­tu­ally heard of float­ing for the cure.”

He is hop­ing to raise some funds along the way, and to use them to sup­port can­cer treat­ment and pa­tient care in Drumheller. He per­son­ally knows peo­ple in the val­ley who of­ten have to go to larger cen­tres to re­ceive treat­ment. This is time con­sum­ing and ex­pen­sive for the pa­tient and fam­i­lies.

“If we can keep peo­ple in their home­town, that is just a small thing that we can look at do­ing,” he said. “I think this is some­thing we can get the whole town be­hind.”

Just as im­por­tant as funds is aware­ness.

“They don’t have to do­nate large amounts of money to make a dif­fer­ence, just be­ing open to talk freely about it - how can­cer af­fects ev­ery­body. Big, small, it doesn’t mat­ter who you are. This is some­thing I am pas­sion­ate about.”

To learn more about the re­gatta, or to get in­volved, check out the Face­book page “Drumheller’s First River Float For Can­cer.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.