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The community of Armstrong is rallying behind Jenn and Wayne Tucker, owners of Tucker’s Restaurant, and their eight-month-old daughter, Emma Grace, who has been diagnosed with a rare disease. Among the fundraisers for the Tuckers will be an event Feb. 16 at the Branding Iron Pub. - Photo Submitted
The community of Armstrong is rallying behind Jenn and Wayne Tucker, owners of Tucker’s Restaurant, and their eight-month-old daughter, Emma Grace, who has been diagnosed with a rare disease. Among the fundraisers for the Tuckers will be an event Feb. 16 at the Branding Iron Pub.
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Iya Taylor’s dining room table has been overtaken by community support.

Taylor is helping organize a special fundraiser in Armstrong on Saturday, Feb. 16 to help support Wayne and Jenn Tucker, proprietor’s of Tucker’s Restaurant.

The Tucker’s eight-month-old daughter, Emma Grace, is suffering from Canavan Disease, an inherited disorder that causes progressive degenerative damage to nerve cells in the brain. It’s a disease for which there is no cure.

As a result, the Tuckers will close their restaurant sporadically as they go with their daughter to Children’s Hospital in Vancouver to find out how far the disease has progressed and for possible treatments.

Enter the community.

“I can’t even see my dining room table, it’s so full of donations,” said Taylor of prizes that will be part of the fundraiser to be held at the Branding Iron Pub, which donated its facility to the cause.

The event, hosted by the Dan Engelland Blues Band, will feature a raffle, silent auction, 50/50 and bucket draws.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance by phoning Taylor at 250-546-8509, or picked up at Shear Kreation Hair Salon on Okanagan Street.

Items donated for the fundraiser or monetary donations can also be dropped off at Shear Kreation.

All proceeds will go to the Tucker family.

“The community and people of Armstrong have been amazing to us with all their support and thoughts and prayers, and it has really helped us get though this tough time,” said Wayne Tucker. “We just want to let everyone know how much it means to us.”

The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the band will begin playing at 8 p.m. All jammers are welcome.

Financial contributions can also be made to an account set up at the Armstrong CIBC. The account number is 76-88296.

A couple of other organizations are helping out the Tuckers.

Armstrong Youth Soccer and Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation are teaming up to show the movie Life of Pi today at 3 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

Some of the proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the Tucker family.

Tickets are $4 for the movie.

Valley First Financial Services will be holding a bake sale Wednesday, and staff will take part in two Jeans Day events Thursday and Friday. All proceeds go to the Tucker family.

Valley First invites all people wearing jeans Thursday and Friday to stop by their offices and contribute to this fundraiser.

InYouGo Inspiration is hosting a metaphysical wellness market at their store on Okanagan Street Feb. 16 from 12 to 7 p.m.

Entrance fee is a donation to the Tucker family fundraiser.

The Vernon Shrine Club has offered the Tuckers transportation to Children’s Hospital.

 

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