Lumby Barn Dance: Cole Derry Fundraiser
Sponsored by Bear Paw Earthworks & the OK Corral
Sat April 30th
Live Music by The Young’Uns, Lost N Found Band & DJ Bonneau
Pat Duke Arena
4 PM – 5:30 PM All Ages Dance by donation to Cole’s Kidney Journey
9 PM – 2 AM 19+ advanced tickets $40 at Jitterbeans, Trail Tire Lumby, Antlers and in Vernon at Farm Bound’s Warehouse sales on Thursday & Saturday while they last.
It’s been a long two years with covid and many are ready to get outside, socialize and get back to some sense of normalcy.
As the Team Leader of Kraft Hockeyville -Lumby 2016 it was Angie Clowry’s goal to have a dance in the Pat Duke Arena affectionately called ‘The Barn’ when renovations were complete. Funds from the Regional District of the North Okanagan, a Telus Grant, many donors, the winnings from Kraft Hockeyville and federal gas tax grant all went into the 3-million-dollar upgrade. And then Covid hit. The RDNO commissioned an incredible video showcasing the updates, Clowry says “it’s time to invite everyone out to have a look inside the rink with all ages by donation Lumby Barn Dance which follows up with a ticketed 19+dance in the evening.”
This isn’t her first rodeo or dance at the Pat Duke Arena. Clowry says she wanted the event to benefit someone or something as well, and with Lumby resident Cole Derry needing a 2nd kidney transplant and currently doing dialysis, Clowry says “it’s Divine Timing.” Cole along with his wife Karen have been very open about their journey on facebook: Cole’s Kidney Journey
Following Cole’s kidney transplant in 2020 various challenges saw them heading to Vancouver a number of times for infections and treatments. Now, doctors are saying that a 2nd kidney transplant is needed. Cole recently posted “When the transplant failed it crushed me. I couldn’t ask for support because everyone gave me so much before.” Clowry says “Cole & Karen aren’t asking for help, the community is offering it and we plan to have a great time doing it. We are gathering silent auction items with the hopes of creating a solid fund for Cole & Karen. Auction items can be dropped off at Trail Tire Lumby.”
Clowry says “Another task is signing people up to be an organ donor, as it is no longer attached to our drivers licenses. Grab your health care number and log on to www.taketwominutes.ca to register your consent for organ donation. We have a great Lumby resident, Grandma Joan Barker who received a liver over 25 years ago, I remember her before and after her surgery and the impact her and her family has made in the community. We are so grateful for the person and their family who chose to donate it. And we hope that in a tragedy that we all pay life forward with organ donation to help others.”
Clowry is challenging friends of Cole’s and anyone who’s family member has received an organ donation, “please consider becoming a living donor. We each have 2 kidneys, if we can find a living kidney donor this would be the best outcome for the event as well as for Cole.”
Anyone willing to consider a Living Kidney Donor it would be graciously appreciated. Cole has a less common B+ blood type, and while you may not be the correct blood type match for Cole, you may be for someone else. And a paired exchange of kidney donors can happen. For those wanting to support financially with an e-transfer or willing to consider live kidney donation please email email@example.com