A benefit social for the Cyrenne family will be held at the Sprucewoods Community Club on Saturday beginning at 9 p.m. Two-year-old Christian Cyrenne was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour on his liver last October.
At two years of age, Christian Cyrenne has already been through a lot.
Diagnosed with a cancerous tumour on his liver before his second birthday, Christian has made routine trips to Winnipeg, where doctors have aggressively fought the cancer using chemotherapy.
"The family found out very suddenly," family friend Heather Dalgleish said.
"It was October (2012) and he was fine one day and then suddenly he got ill at daycare, and the next day he was in Winnipeg and it’s gone from there."
Through the initial rounds of chemotherapy, the outlook wasn’t optimistic. Doctors told his parents, Patrick and Janice, there was a strong possibility that Christian would have to undergo a liver transplant.
However, more recently, the chemotherapy program has taken hold and bore results, successfully battling the cancer.
"It’s a lot for the whole family to go through," Dalgleish said.
"It was a big change for all of them and it has been very emotional, but I think it was a big relief when he was taken off the liver transplant list."
Dalgleish also wants to make sure that the family understands that the community is behind them.
Community groups in Sprucewoods, where the family has lived for about six years, have banded together to host a social for the family at the Sprucewoods Community Club on Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
"They are a big part of our community and when we heard about what was happening with the family, we put out a call to make sure people are supporting them and we want to make sure they know the community is standing behind them," Dalgleish said.
The social will feature a silent auction and prizes and Dalgleish said the support from the business community in both Sprucewoods and Brandon has been excellent.
"We’re hoping to raise some money to help them out financially and it’s also about showing that the community is here for them," Dalgleish said.
Anyone wishing to purchase a ticket to the social can call Dalgleish at 204-763-4952.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 13, 2013