Community rallies against cancer; raising a needed $20,000 for Fort Saskatchewan business owner, Gloria Sander.
The word cancer may not be new to Sander, who owns Gloria’s Soup and Sandwich in Fort Saskatchewan, but having cancer return after several years, is.
Sander was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer roughly ten years ago and for the past several years has gone with alternative health treatments, which is a combination of various vitamins, mile toe and assessments by Alternative Health Edmonton.
Unfortunately, her cancer symptoms have returned in her stomach and she’s been diagnosed with metastatic cancer. Sander is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments at the Cross Cancer Institute.
Lisa Crawford, owner of Simply Stunning Hair and Makeup partnered with Leanne DeVries with Titan Towing to put on the fundraiser for Sander, at the Bear’s Den on November 25.
"They did a good job and this is going to help me so much," said Sander.
Keeping her business afloat, paying out of pocket for the alternative treatments and now needing chemo on top of everything, has left a financial burden on the Sander’s and that's where the community has come to her aid. The money raised will go towards cancer treatments.
“It was a full house, there was tons of people there and there was such an incredible energy. That was kind of the thing I remembered the most,” said Crawford.
The silent auction brought in just over $11,000. The Bear’s Den hosted the venue plus donated $1,000. Heartland Ford donated $5,000 and the GoFundMe page has raised $4,320 bringing the grand total to $21,300.
“It’s this community that did it. It wasn’t any one person that did this, it was everybody. Everyone has a busy schedule and everybody’s got stuff going on in their own lives and everyone came together and it was amazing. Good Ol’ Fort Saskatchewan did it again,” praised Crawford.
Crawford said it was humbling to see something so incredible happen to such a wonderful woman.