Hundreds attend fundraiser for New Bothwell toddler

Jennifer and Clif Friesen from New Bothwell have not left Cash’s side since he was diagnosed with a fast growing brain tumour back in August. Over $33,000 was raised during a fundraiser on September 30 to help the young family of six during this time. 

By Marianne Curtis

When a young couple from New Bothwell took their two year old son to the doctor the last thing they expected to hear was that their baby had a brain tumor. Since then Jenn and Clif Friesen have not left their little boy Cash’s side.

After being diagnosed, Cash was taken into surgery and doctors were able to successfully remove ninety percent of the growth. The remaining mass is fast growing and chemotherapy treatments are underway with the hope of destroying the cancer.

Since then the toddler has been fighting back, despite an emergency surgery September 4 and is slowly returning to his old self.

On October 1, Cash will be admitted to begin his second round of chemotherapy.

“In the morning for Cash to be admitted for round 2 of chemo,” stated Jenn. “We have chosen a different plan then the previous – this one has no drugs that cause kidney damage like the last one did. The last thing I need is for him to endure another unnecessary surgery.”

Since Cash’s diagnosis the Friesen’s who have three other children, put their lives on hold to be close to their son. As a result, family and friends organized and hosted a fundraiser on September 30 to assist the family of five as they remain at their baby’s side while he goes through chemotherapy treatments.

“We are putting this fundraiser on to help Clif and Jen during this difficult time as they are unable to work. We are also looking at the long term when they go home with Cash and the medical expenses to follow,” say organizers Cindy Froese and Lisa Mehling-Bueckert.

Several hundred people came out to AD Penner Park to participate in an afternoon of live entertainment, bouncers, prizes and a fundraising supper.

“We are so overwhelmed by all the love and support we were shown today,” Jenn says gratefully. “So many times we were both brought to tears just by looking around and seeing the sea of people!”

Those wishing to contribute can still do so through a trust account set up at the Steinbach Credit Union. You can donate at either locations, in Steinbach or Winnipeg. The exact name of the Account is “The Cash Friesen Brain Cancer Trust Fund” or use the account #1101471267424.


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