This picture of Sid and Cora Blackwell with their son Angelo (left) and friend Ethan Stewart was taken last summer.

This picture of Sid and Cora Blackwell with their son Angelo (left) and friend Ethan Stewart was taken last summer.

Community rallies for Nimpo Lake pilot Sid Blackwell

Friends of Sid and Cora Blackwell of Nimpo Lake are rallying to their support after Sid was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Friends of Sid and Cora Blackwell of Nimpo Lake are rallying to their support after Sid was diagnosed with an aggressive and rare form of cancer called Angiosarcoma.

Sid has been a pilot all of his life, but he can no longer fly or work and is facing extensive medical treatments.

He has been undergoing treatments, but  his options in Canada are limited and he is now taking treatment in the U.S.

Sid’s employer, Nick Hawes of Lakes District Air, has spearheaded an online fundraising drive, inviting people to donate for Sid’s treatments. The goal for Sid’s treatment is $250,000.

The website to donate online is: http://www.gofundme.com/fdf6o?utm_source=sendgrid.com&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Emails.

Cheques can be sent to Sid Blackwell c/o Nick Hawes, 1810 Hwy 35, Burns Lake, B.C. V0J 1E2.

Meanwhile a benefit pot-luck dinner and auction for the Blackwell family will be held at the Anahim Lake Community Hall on March 17. Advance tickets are available at Anahim Lake Trading, McLean’s Trading or Donna’s Place. Donations for the auction can be dropped off at Grandma’s Service, Donna’s Place or Nimpo Store. For information call Donna Wickenheisser at 250-742-3533 or 250-742-3220.

The fund to help Sid now stands at  $15,975 from 72 different parties.

From Oregon Sid sends this message: “Hey everyone: I want to thank you so very, very much for all of your support. We are making progress with getting appointments with all of the doctors that need to be involved and finding the care options that may be out there. So thank you again. Sid and Family.”