By Breanne Massey
Peppis Pizzeria owner Tim Goldie, who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer, is taking an aggressive approach to beat the debilitating disease.
The Goldie family has been working towards raising a total of $200,000 for cancer treatments since January and now theres a push to earn the remaining $10,000 to meet their overall fundraising goal.
Monica Fisher, who is a family friend to the Goldies, has helped organize several fundraising campaigns to raise money for Tims cancer treatments in Calgary, and hopes to help the Goldie family cover the costs of Tims future travel and treatment options now that hes completing the last leg of an eight-week radiation treatment in Calgary.Hes actually in his last week of radiation treatment right now, said Ms. Fisher by phone on Wednesday, March 9th. Once hes completed the radiation, hell have more options to explore other treatments and I think its important for people to know that some of the treatments (the Goldie family) is looking at are upwards of $20,000 a month in Canada.
She believes the cost to treat Tims cancer could dramatically increase if the family was to explore the option of using treatments outside of Canada. However, it remains unclear if the Goldie family will pursue this avenue.
I know that sometimes people think the dollar amount (in our fundraising goal) is so big, but if its $20,000 for a month of treatment, thats only 10 months of a treatment, explained Ms. Fisher. Thats on top of the costs that the family has already incurred from the radiation treatment.
Previously, a Support Timmy fundraiser that featured live music, both live and silent auctions, as well as numerous other avenues for donations held at Panoramas Great Hall on January 30th, brought in approximately $90,000 and a Crowdrise online fundraising page for the Goldie family has brought in $64,374.
The last push here is to get the Crowdrise (page) to $75,000 so were just under $10,000 short, explained Ms. Fisher. It looks like with our community in general because there are some other fundraising initiatives in general from T-shirt sales (and donation boxes in the community at AG Valley Foods and CIBC) were probably sitting at (a total of) about $175,000. Were hoping to get to about $200,000.
While there is no deadline to hit the $200,000 target, Ms. Fisher said the sooner the initiative is completed, the Goldie family can pursue alternative treatment options.
We can at least open those doors, she concluded, noting the Goldie family has already been in Calgary for several weeks.
I think whats been really, really incredible is the amount of energy from the community thats been taking place since the event its like the town is buzzing with positivity and community spirit. Its just incredible, quite unbelievable.
She added the Goldie family has been overwhelmed by the support from the Columbia Valley on both a financial and emotional level.
Tim and his family are completely blown away, said Ms. Fisher. Theyre having a tough time and we definitely need to continue the support both financially and just positivity because he definitely does feel it.