A concert in support of Lily Lecinana and her family will take place on Sept. 21 and organizers are hoping the event will collect funds for the family while raising awareness of the challenges facing sick children and their families.
The concert takes place at the Sooke Community Hall and will feature an array of performers including Taylor Caspersen, Shale, CJ Paxton, Pretty Folk, Morgan Rayna and Thom Southwood.
Lily is a 10-year-old Sooke resident whose been diagnosed with stage-four Burkitt lymphoma, a fast growing cancer tumour which is associated with impaired immunity and is rapidly fatal if left untreated.
Lily remains in B.C. Children’s Hospital where she has undergone aggressive chemotherapy.
And while her family remains with her in hospital, the financial strain of maintaining their life in Sooke and living a second, unimaginably difficult life in Vancouver, has prompted the community to come to its aid.
A gofundme page has already raised money to support the family, but more is needed, said Lily Fair organizer Tracy Cockroft.
“This was actually my daughter, Morgan’s, idea,” she said.
“She had sung with Lily at Amber Academy and wanted to sing for her … do anything to help her.”
The idea of a benefit concert was born and Cockroft and her friends have been working on the project for the past few months.
“Sooke is just an amazing community and we’ve seen them come together before to help Hannah Day when she was sick. This community is very close and has a big heart, so situations like Lily’s really have an impact on everyone.”
Organizers are also calling for volunteers to help with the concert, saying that the venue will have a bar, concessions, a silent auction and even a DJ-supported dance to follow the stage acts.
The doors for the concert open at 6 p.m. and the $20 tickets are available at Shoppers Drug Mart and the Stick in the Mud. Tickets are also be available at the door.
“It would be great if we could get more than 300 people to the event,” Cockroft said.
“I’m sure that we can get that many people out. This is a very caring community and the entertainment will be great.”
More information on the concert can be found at www.facebook.com/LilyFairFundraising/.