Melissa Gobbett

Melissa Gobbett

Family garners community support

Melissa Gobbett was diagnosed with oglioastrocytoma, an intermediate stage of brain cancer in her left temporal lobe.

Friends are rallying behind a young Vernon family, and hope the public will join in support.

Melissa Gobbett, a former manager at Purdy’s in the Village Green Centre, is a young wife whose husband, Curt, works for Kal Tire, and is a mother of two boys under the age of five.

In December, Gobbett was diagnosed with oglioastrocytoma, an intermediate stage of brain cancer in her left temporal lobe.

Friends are organizing the Gobbett Family Fundraiser set for Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. at Alexander’s Beach Pub, which means young kids are also welcome to attend.

The evening includes dinner, a 50/50 draw and a silent auction.

Money raised goes to the Gobbett family, which is now living with extra expenses and a reduced income.

An adult ticket for the fundraiser is $20, which will include a choice of three meals, and a child’s ticket is $12 (choice of meal from the kids’ menu).

Surgeons were able to remove about 40 per cent of Gobbett’s six-to-seven centimentre tumour. Due to its location, there is still more than 60 per cent of the tumour remaining.

Gobbett starts treatments this month at the cancer centre in Kelowna.

For tickets, to donate an item, or more info please contact: Nichoel Crawford, 250-503-4741, nichoel_w@hotmail.com (Coldstream/Vernon); Stephanie White, 250-309-0589, swhite@capri.ca (Winfield); Jeri White, 250-503-8692, bigsteve01@hotmail.com (Lumby).

Those who would like to help out with a donation but cannot attend the fundraiser, can make the donation online at www.gofundme.com/64zhyw.