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Community rallies to support local family

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The Tanti family, from left, Colten, Tyler, Kim, Shane and Micheal. Kim was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a rare form of cancer that progresses rapidly, and is in a London hospital undergoing treatment. Several events have been organized to help support the family at this difficult time.

by Wendy Spence
THE SIGNPOST

     The Tanti family’s world was turned upside down within the space of about a week. Kim, the mother of three, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), an aggressive type of cancer that progresses rapidly. She is currently in hospital undergoing treatment.
     Her husband Shane says the whole dynamic of their lives has changed. “Kim is our rock. You don’t realize until something like this happens.”
     Friends have set up a page for the Dorchester family, (gofundme.com/p4ddq0) and organized a run/walk to help raise money to support Kim, her husband Shane and their three sons: Micheal, Colten and Tyler. They have also started a food drive, delivering meals to the family four times a week. A trust fund has been set up at TD Canada Trust on Catherine Street.
     Shane says he’s not used to all of the attention and support the family has received. “It’s been amazing. She hit a lot of people’s hearts.”
     He realizes that other people go through the same type of situation every day, but says it’s not fair.
     Doctors didn’t have an explanation as to why Kim developed the cancer. She was a healthy, active person and ALL usually afflicts people who are older or younger than her (41). Shane says his wife touched a lot of people’s lives. If someone was having a bad day, she would strike up a conversation with them to help them feel better.
     “Kim’s one of those people you just click with,” Shane says. “She worried about everyone else over herself.”
     The owner of CTM Small Engines Sales and Service says the money raised will help cover living expenses such as necessities for the children and medications that aren’t covered by insurance, since both he and Kim are self-employed. She ran a daycare out of their Dorchester home. Micheal, their oldest son, has taken a leave of absence from his job to help out at the shop so Shane can be be with Kim as much as possible.
     “We’re strong and we’ll get through it, whatever it takes.”
     Colten, a student at Lord Dorchester, and Tyler, who attends Northdale Central, say their friends have been supportive and offer to do what they can to help. “A lot of people say they want to do the run with me,” Tyler says.
     Jessie Martin organized the 1, 5 and 10-kilometre run/walk, scheduled to take place at the FlightExec Centre in Dorchester on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10. She hopes to be able to give every mother Kim’s favourite flower, a gerber daisy, in one of her favourite colours, pink or purple. T-shirts that say, “we love Kim”will be for sale and a silent auction is also planned. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer or sign up for the run, email martinjessie@hotmail.com.

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