Westmount supports team member’s charity run, $2,175 raised

Rick Luiting ran 10 km to raise funds for Cassie and Friends Society
10/16/2020  - Deron Hamel
Westmount Gardens maintenance lead hand Rick Luiting is pictured here with his daughters.  

Westmount Gardens maintenance lead hand Rick Luiting ran 10 kilometres on Aug. 23 to support the Cassie and Friends Society for Children with Juvenile Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases at the London Health Sciences Centre’s Children’s Hospital, and with the help of his colleagues raised $2,175.

Cassie and Friends is charity focused on transforming the lives of children and families affected by juvenile arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

Rick ran from St. Thomas to Port Stanley, “not just our family, but (for) all families affected by juvenile arthritis in support of Cassie and Friends,” he says.

The Westmount Gardens social committee organized a barbecue and 50-50 draw to help raise money, and the winner of the 50-50 draw, Ban Tieu, donated his winnings back to the fundraiser, Rick notes.

The money raised will go directly to the pediatric rheumatology department to support Cassie and Friends at the Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre.

“This money will help out-of-town families with travel expenses, care kits, toys, personal support aids, education and new equipment,” Rick says.

“There is even talk of a new ultrasound machine in the works for London with a portion of it being funded by Cassie and Friends.”

Rick extends his gratitude to his colleagues at Westmount Gardens for their support.

“I want everyone to know how much I appreciate your kindness and generosity,” he says. “This is truly a great team we have here.”

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