By Rosalind Russell-
A major fundraiser is being held for a local area paramedic who is undergoing stem cell therapy not covered by government or insurance sources.
Ashley Dieks, a paramedic with the Manitoullin-Sudbury DSAB has been diagnosed with a form of blood cancer called Myeloma.
While her chemotherapy treatment is covered, which began in June, she is planning to undertake stem cell harvesting and transplant in Ottawa in October, and that is not covered.
To help her offset those costs, the annual Beacon Ride will be held on September 11th out of the Garson Arena.
The event includes two bike rides, one at $20, the other at $60, with all the funds going to Dieks.
A Go Fund Me has also been set up.
Visit www.beaconride.com or donate at Fundraiser for Ashley Dieks by Shelby Swant Aly Mills : Support for Ashley, Cancer Sucks! (gofundme.com)
Photo: The medical community is drawing together and asking the wider community for its help of one of its own. Ashley Dieks, a paramedic with the Manitoullin-Sudbury DSAB has been diagnosed with a form of blood cancer called Myeloma. The Beacon will help raise funds for some of her treatment not covered by any supporting agency. Photos provided by organizers and used with permissions.