Communities rally for leukemia-stricken boy

FROM LEFT: Rhonda Bohnke, Michaela Harnisch, Betty Bohnke and Tessa Jones. They, along with Jack’s grandfather, Dale Goodvin, and Laureen Sorgen, had volunteered to cook and serve food at the Flapjacks for Jack fund-raiser at Bear Country Inn in Wanham on Saturday, September 17.

By Lynn Connell

More than a hundred people from Grand Prairie, Wanham, Eaglesham, Spirit River, Rycroft and Teepee Creek descended on the Bear Country Inn in Wanham on Saturday, September 17, to support the Flapjacks for Jack breakfast fund-raiser organized for a three-year-old boy battling B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Jack

Jack – the son of Morgan Cousineau, from Rycroft, and Bryanna Goodvin, from Wanham – received the leukemia diagnosis on May 30, 2022, and he has had more than 60 rounds of chemotherapy treatment since. “Hopefully, we can come home soon!” a poster circulated at the breakfast venue states.

The breakfast fund-raiser – organized by Jack’s grandfather, Dale Goodvin, and Tessa Jones, owner of Bear Country Inn – has generated more than $3,600. If combined with e-transfers and Facebook funds, the total was estimated to have reached $5,000.

The financial donations will help Jack’s family with fuel costs for the frequent travels to Edmonton as well as with food and lodging while away from home for treatment visits.

Marlene Goodvin, Jack’s grandmother, said the boy is expected to enter into the third phase of his treatment plan soon, adding that, depending on bloodwork results, the third and fourth stages of treatment could span two-and-a-half years.

“He is our little warrior. He is full of energy. I’m so amazed at how they’re handling everything; they have such strength. I just pray that their little family can be together again soon,” Marlene said. Jack has a younger brother, Cameron, who is 15 months old.

Not all donations came in the form of cash. For instance, Birch Hills Hutterite colony and Doug Zamorsky donated sausages while Codesa Hutterite Colony donated eggs. And Bear Country Inn provided the venue for the fund-raiser at no cost while donating pancake mix and cooking most of the food with the help of the Flying Hawaiian food-truck staff and community volunteers, who also rolled up their sleeves to be food servers.