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Fundraiser planned to help Kelowna photographer recovering from cancer treatment

Kelowna Capital News photographer Sean Connor has just returned from two months of specialized proton radiation treatment in Loma Linda, California, to deal with a rare form of brain cancer and now his friends are rallying around him to help offset the financial burden that goes hand in hand with healing.

"Sean's many Kelowna media friends are getting together and inviting the public to celebrate his recovery so far, and to raise funds to help him and his family with their expenses," said event organizer Kim Calloway, in a press release.

"Through the years, Sean's photography has supported and promoted no end of community endeavours, and we've organized this special night to try to repay the favour."

Calloway said he hopes many in the community will come out and donate whatever amount your comfortable with donating to:

•See and hear blues legend Sherman Doucette, the Deb Stone Band and many other fine performers donate their time and talent for a topflight stage show.

•Make your bids on some fine photographic art--including some of Sean Connor's excellent photos--plus other terrific items that will make up a silent auction. Sean and Sandra Connor will be on hand for the evening, so let's come out to give them a boost, and show our support.

•Bring along a non-perishable item for the Salvation Army Food Bank; they'll appreciate it.

Sean was diagnosed with cancer last July, and the treatment required was available at only  two facilities in North America. Fortunately the medical expenses are covered through the B.C. Medical Services Plan, but treatment is where the funding stops short. He and his family have had to pay out significant money on their own for travel and accomodation costs, etc. during the Loma Linda treatments.

The Sean Connor Fundraiser is Thursday, Feb. 2  6:30pm to 10:30pm at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

Organizers are still looking for more silent auction item donations, any and all values, for which donors will gratefully be given credit that evening. For more information on the event, or to donate to Sean's cause or to donate items to the silent auction,   contact Heather McCullough at 250-808-0131 or heathermc@telus.net. Alternatively, call Kim Calloway at 250-763-6397 or email him at kimc@q1031.ca.

 

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