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Spaghetti dinner in Valens boosts breast cancer foundation

There’s still room for more at a fund-raising spaghetti dinner being held Sunday (Jan. 27) at the Valens Community Centre.

The event is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and is being organized by the family of longtime Rockton-area resident Helena DeKruiff, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer.

“We just decided we wanted to do something,” said Melanie Thompson, 19, who along with sisters Rachel, 21, and Karen, 18 will also be participating in their own Cut 4 Cancer the following weekend.

Almost 100 family and friends are expected to attend the dinner, but the hall can accommodate more.

“We don’t really have a goal in mind. Admission is by donation,” said Melanie. “The whole community has been so great trying to help us out.”

DeKruiff lived on a farm just outside of Rockton for “most of her life” until retiring to the community of Antrim Glen two years ago with husband John, said Melanie. She is a longtime volunteer at the Rockton Fair and parishioner at Kirkwall Presbyterian Church and drove a school bus for 45 years.

All proceeds from the spaghetti dinner will go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

On Saturday, February 2  – DeKruiff’s 71st birthday – all three of her granddaughters will be getting their hair cut at One Salons in Preston. The girls’ grandmother and mother Kathy will be on hand while the girls’ locks are shorn, free of charge courtesy of the salon, with the hair donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths for cancer patient wigs.

Her grandmother is very touched by the family and community efforts, said Melanie.

“She’s very inspirational.”

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