Erin Foggao has endured her fair share of scrapes, bruises and injury in roller derby, but the pain she has felt is nothing compared to what her sister is going through.
Foggoa’s sister Charlene Leslie is battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – all while trying to care for her son who is severely autistic.
“Her life was pretty full as it was before cancer popped into the picture,” said Foggoa, known on the track as Lucy Dynamite of the Candy Strykers.
To help her sister with some of the treatment and travel costs, a roller derby charity scrimmage and auction is taking place Saturday at Hassen Arena.
The event, called Hurt to Heal, is only $5 to attend and will include an auction, raffle and 50/50.
“There are great prizes being tossed out to the crowd at random as well,” said Foggoa.
Doors open to the action at 5:30 p.m. with the whistle being blown at 6. There will be a beverage garden for the adults and bouncy castle for the kids.
“The game is going to be a mix of B.C. women, and will be quite different from our usual games,” said Foggoa. “The rules are a little less lenient, and we are playing for charity so it is going to be a really fun night.”
The event is through the Okanagan Shuswap Roller Derby Association, which is rallying around the event in Leslie’s honour.
“What do you do when you are a derby girl and your sister gets cancer? You hit people,” laughs Foggoa.
“She is trying a few different avenues to cure her cancer, even alternative clinical trials in Vancouver, but the costs are adding up quickly with care for Liam and hotel stays and such.”
Tickets are available at the door or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/370713