Angels feel the love from Minden
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | February 19, 2015
The community showed the second annual Catch the Cure event some love on Valentine's Day, raising over $10,000 for Angelman Syndrome (AS).
"We kind of wake up on the day of Catch the Cure terrified that no one will show up, but then people start flowing through the doors before the event even begins," said Sue Tiffin, event organizer and mother to Harper, a two-year-old girl with AS.
"The support of everyone – from friends to family to strangers – really makes us feel like the excitement of the event is beneficial for families outside of our own."
Held at the S.G. Nesbit Arena, the one-day event included a silent auction, scavenger hunt, public skating, a live performance from Carl Dixon and a spaghetti dinner provided by the Minden Lions Club
Tiffin said that about 400 people attended the fundraiser, included several Minden Hills councillors
"We're really proud that the community comes together to show enthusiasm either by attending or donating or just reading more about what AS is so that everyone can interact more with our kids and understand better their challenges and the challenges of anyone with disabilities. That makes us feel so fortunate to live here," she said.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST).
According to FAST, AS is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by profound developmental delays, problems with motor coordination and balance, and epilepsy. About one in 15,000 live births are affected by the disorder.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.