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Dr. Sasha Go­denir of Op­ti­cal Image wears a breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus while par­tic­i­pat­ing in a Nov. 15 bike-a-thon with Swift Cur­rent Fire­fighter Darby Re­gan. The bike-a-thon was to raise money for Swift Cur­rent Fire Chief Dar­ren McLel­land who is bat­tling can­cer.

an op­to­met­ric prac­tice in Swift Cur­rent, held a bike-a-thon on Nov. 15 to raise funds for Swift Cur­rent Fire Chief Dar­ren McClel­land, who is bat­tling colon can­cer. Fire de­part­ment mem­bers par­tic­i­pated in the bike-a-thon in sup­port of a fel­low fire­fighter. The event raised about $6,000 and more funds were still ex­pected to be re­ceived. A GoFundMe cam­paign for McClel­land has al­ready raised over $85,000 in just over two weeks. He was di­ag­nosed with colon can­cer in 2016 and re­ceived treat­ment, but the can­cer has re­turned and he is pur­su­ing al­ter­na­tive treat­ment op­tions in Mex­ico. He and his wife will be away from home for about a month and funds raised will help to sup­port the fam­ily with the cost of treat­ment, travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

ABOVE: Swift Cur­rent fire­fight­ers get their legs pump­ing dur­ing the bike-a-thon fundraiser. From left, Act­ing Capt. Trevor Braun, Act­ing Capt. Kent Sil­ber­nagel, and Fire­fighter Doug Leibel.

Pho­tos by Matthew Liebenberg

Left: Dr. Sasha Go­denir ( at left) and Dr. Sarah Block of Op­ti­cal Image help to raise funds dur­ing the bike- athon. Below left: From left, Troy Bail­lie and Ni­cole An­der­son par­tic­i­pate in the fundraiser. Below right: Vic­to­ria Cour­chaine from In­fin­ity Fit­ness helped set the pace dur­ing the bike-a-thon.

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