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    Categories: Volunteers & Charity

Thursdays on Friday for Alex’s sake

Kieran Reilly ls watched closely by three generations of family as he plays wheelchair basketball at Sturgeon Heights School in St. Albert February 24, 2018. Three games, a 50/50 draw and a half time half court shot challenge all contributed to the school's second annual fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy as part of their support for St. Albert Firefighters 8th annual Muscular Dystrophy Rooftop Campaign. St. Albert firefighters will head up on the rooftop of Fire Station #2 at 100 Boudreau Rd. tomorrow morning through until Wednesday. The goal this year is to raise $45,000.

Jacob Kryger said that his band The Thursdays wants to help out St. Albert’s newest bone marrow recipient in the best way that they know how.

The alternative fusion ska-jazz-rock sextet is going to put on a rockin’ set at the Bourbon Room next Friday. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go straight to helping out the Pasichnyk family, as their young daughter Alex is still in Calgary recovering from her recent successful transplant.

“My youngest sister is actually best friends with Alex. We know them really, really well. We wanted to do what we could to try and help,” said the drummer. “I talked to the band and they all agreed that it would be a good idea to put something together like this.”

Dylan Sharp gets to be the guest act on the lounge’s stage for the evening. The entertainment will include performances of covers and original songs.

They hope to help the family cover their expenses over the next few months. Lisa Pasichnyk had to take time off of work as a nurse in order to stay with her daughter in Calgary. A crowdfunding campaign found at www.gofundme.com/allinforalex has already surpassed its goal of collecting $7,500 to help the family out. An outpouring of support has also led to hundreds of people getting their cheeks swabbed for registration with the One Match program to find future potential suitable donors.

Kryger was one of them, along with his five bandmates. People can have swab kits mailed to them at home. Details can be found at www.OneMatch.ca.

Doors open for the 18-plus event at 7:30 p.m. on March 9, with Dylan Sharp taking the stage at 9 p.m. followed by The Thursdays’ main act at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the venue or from any of the band members. There will be a silent auction that evening to help boost the collection as well. The Bourbon Room is located at #112, 205 Carnegie Dr.

Giving MD the boot

St. Albert firefighters are ready to brave the recent winter blast as they get set to take to the rooftop of Fire Station #2 at 100 Boudreau Rd. tomorrow morning through till Wednesday at noon. Their goal this year is to raise $45,000.

But they’ve already been hard at it working to fill the boot with donations. Last Thursday, several of the team worked as servers at East Side Mario’s, bringing in approximately $1,600. They also had a great time playing wheelchair basketball at Sturgeon Heights School. A boot drive, originally planned for both days last weekend at the Inglewood Safeway, has been rescheduled for an unspecified later date.

There is also a virtual auction taking place at www.facebook.com/stalbertfirefighters. People can bid on a number of items until 4 p.m. on Thurs., March 15.

Scott Hayes :Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.