As many of you may be aware, Shelly’s daughter Chantal passed away at age 20 in  October of 2008 after a two and a half year battle with brain cancer.  Chantal’s  battle began in May of 2006 when she was first diagnosed.  At that time, Shelly took  a leave of absence from work to care for her.  It was by depleting the family’s  savings and RRSP’s as well as with the help of family and friends that Shelly and  her family made it through that first stretch until Chantal’s cancer went into  remission in 2007. However in January of 2008, her cancer came back but she was  able to keep it in check relatively well for several months until it began to really take  hold severely later that June.  During the last five months of Chantal’s life, she  required full time assistance as well as an intense regimen of chemotherapy.  Shelly  wanted and needed to be with her every step of the way.  This meant Shelly had to  leave her job and thus her family’s income was cut in nearly half.  In the meantime,  the type of chemo Chantal required was not covered by any medical plan, private or  public.  This amounted to thousands of dollars every month for which Chantal’s  family could not afford.   With the unimaginable support of family, friends, co-workers, and total strangers,  Chantal’s family were given the financial support needed to cover ALL the costs of  her treatments, any special assistive devices she required, as well as enough funds  to replace Shelly’s income while she was off work so that the bills could be paid and  they could keep food on the table and a roof over their heads.   The type of fundraising done was ongoing bottle drives, dances, silent auctions, as  well as thousands of dollars in private donations.  It was very overwhelming and the  Dubois family is forever grateful.   This is the reason the Dubois family has set up a fund in Chantal’s memory.  This fund will be used to help other families who may  go through similar circumstances when a child has cancer and a parent needs to be with them through their fight.  The fund has  already helped others.  To help maintain the fund, Shelly is setting aside three dollars from the sale of every CD and forty percent  of download revenues for the fund.    Although a huge amount of the financial support we received was from the wonderful people of the Peace Country in northern  Alberta, many people on Vancouver Island came to our aid as well.  With that being said, at the Dubois Family discretion, the funds  may be used to help any family in any area.  A family in need must get the help they need no matter where they live.  It’s the right  thing to do.   On behalf of the Dubois Family, Shelly, Jean and Aleida, we thank you all in advance for your kind generosity.  We hope this fund  can help make a difference to families that need it.
The Chantal Dubois Memorial Fund Assisting families with children who are fighting cancer.
If you prefer to donate directly to the fund, you may do so by clicking on the Donate button below and entering an amount you feel comfortable with. Your generosity is truly appreciated. Thank you very much.
Please note: If you donate to The Chantal Dubois Memorial Fund, please be aware it is not yet a registered charity. You will be provided with a receipt however you would not be able to use it for tax purposes. If you’d rather have a receipt for tax purposes, Shelly is a proud supporter of the great charities below. You can donate to:
A short segment on Shaw TV about Shelly as an artist as well as the charity in her daughter, Chantal’s, memory.
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