A photo of Kacey Gulbransen (Photo courtesy of Karyn Mackenzie)

Fundraiser announced for Kelowna girl battling cancer

$10,000 fundraiser goal will help to cover travel costs associated with treatment

A young Kelowna girl battling a rare form of cancer officially got more community support this week.

DunnEnzies Pizza & Parlour announced on Wednesday that they’ll be holding a fundraiser for Kacey Gulbransenon on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at their Mission location to help raise the $10,000 needed to cover financial costs associated with her cancer treatment.

In July, Gulbransenon, who is three-years-old, was diagnosed with Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma (ERMS), an aggressive form of tissue cancer most often diagnosed in children. Kacey has already undergone surgery once to remove the tumor, but another cluster of microscopic cells left over from the previous surgery will need to be removed. She will also have to undergo reconstructive surgery at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

The Gulbransen’s family is hoping to use the money to help cover flights, accommodations and other travel expenses for the family of five as they travels to Toronto and stay there until they return back to Vancouver, where she will undergo more chemotherapy.

According to her family, Kacey has already undergone 12 weeks of chemotherapy treatment and will need to undergo at least another 46 weeks of chemotherapy down the road to help her tackle the disease.

They are currently waiting for results to see if chemotherapy is working.

Tickets for the fundraising event are available on Eventbrite and include entry, a house beverage, hot appetizer and buffet.

There will also be photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and live music will all take place to help raise the money needed.

Alternatively, people can also donate by visiting her GoFundMe campaign and stay up to date with her latest prognosis.

A recent prognosis of the disease shows that 70 per cent of patients survive five years or longer after their diagnosis.

If you can’t make the event, you can also donate online to help Kacey reach her fundraising goal.


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