SHAWVILLE – Over 300 family members, friends, and co-workers gathered at the Agricultural Hall, September 13, in support of Andrew Tubman who has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Andrew’s sisters, Jodi (right) and Krista (left), represented Andrew and his wife Erin at the event; he is currently undergoing treatment and cannot be exposed to any viruses or bacteria. “The plan was for Erin to be here and for Andrew to drive by and see the outcome, but they have been staying in Gatineau where, if needed, he is close to the hospital. He has only been home for one week since his diagnosis,” explained Jodi. $10,000 was raised during the evening, with donations continuing to pour in.
Andrew was diagnosed with AML, one of the most common forms of Leukemia in adults, on August 5. “He went for blood work Tuesday morning and by that afternoon he was called back and diagnosed. He spent the night in the Shawville Hospital and was then transferred to Gatineau and later to the Ottawa General Hospital where he is continuing chemo-therapy. September 16 will mark the end of his second round of treatments. He is doing really well, and is very optimistic,” continued Jodi.
All the food, door prizes, and silent auction items were donated by family and friends. Lisa Coles decorated the building and Alison Lewis provided the DJ entertainment. The event also featured a photo booth where guests could have their photo taken with a message written on whiteboard. “Heidi Ardern, the photographer looking after the booth, will be putting all the pictures on a CD to give to Andrew,” said Krista.
Before his diagnosis, Andrew worked for Blue Heron Landscaping and is well-known in the community. “Andrew is optimistic, outgoing, and talkative; everyone likes him,” concluded Krista. Funds raised will help with loss of income, as well as costs of travelling, lodging, medications and more.