The roller derby family is rallying around one of their own with a special charity bout Saturday.
The Okanagan Shuswap Roller Derby Association’s last game of the season goes Saturday at Hassen Arena in Armstrong at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.), entry is by donation.
The Candy Strykers host Quesnel’s Gold Pain City girls in the Charity Smackdown.
The by donation event, which includes a silent auction, is part of OSRDA’s efforts to raise funds for a seizure detection dog for five-year-old Zoe.
“Zoe’s mother has been a part of the OSRDA for the past three years,” said the OSRDA of the derby daughter.
Candy Stryker Jan Mol, known on the track as Wooden Listen, has watched her little girl suffer from upwards of 300 seizures a day.
“What Zoe needs is someone to comfort her, reduce her anxiety and overwhelming fear, give her a hand up when she needs physical support, watch over her and always be ready to help or find help when she falls while giving her a little independence so she grows emotionally without always having to have a parent or caregiver hovering over her.”
There is a working dog training centre in Saskatchewan willing to work with the family to select the right Labrador retriever to become Zoe’s best friend, support and protector.
“Zoe’s dog will be trained to alert when she has seizures that need attention,” said Mol. “And over time may even be able to warn her before the seizure happens so she can get to a safe place and avoid injury.”
The dog will sleep with Zoe and alert her parents if she begins to seize during the night or if her breathing is interrupted and will be able to physically support Zoe when her balance is failing or she is having difficulty standing and walking.
There will be substantial costs involved in purchasing and training as well as travel.
Which is why Zoe’s derby family is inviting everyone to come catch some thrilling action at the Hassen Saturday and support a little girl in need.