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Angels for Cancer special for woman, children

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Son Tyson rubs mom Michelle Schneider's head for Angels for Cancer initiative which is to help the Canadian Cancer Society. Son Tyson rubs mom Michelle Schneider's head for Angels for Cancer initiative which is to help the Canadian Cancer Society. Ryan Dahlman

It’s always special when a child gives a parent a card.

In the case of Redcliff’s Michelle Schneider on Sept. 26, the card her children Sherissa Lynn and Tyson gave her was especially touching.
Schneider was having her head shaved in order to raise money for her Angels for Cancer initiative she held at Scott’s Hall in Medicine Hat. Her children were there to support her as hair stylist Pam Truscott shaved Schneider’s head.
Ann Dickson, co-organizer for the event, said the idea of Angels for Cancer was a personal one for Schneider.
It was successful as the $1,100 raised exceeded all expectations due to the economic situation. All proceeds went to the Canadian Cancer Society.
“We invited the public to become an Angel for Cancer because we have all be touched by cancer in some way,” explains Dickson. “We have either fought it personally, helped someone through their fight or lost someone to cancer, and some people have been touched in a combination of ways.
“Michelle did the event in honour of her best friend Marla Hupka who passed away 11 years ago from a brain tumour that moved to a breast, and her sister who is suffering from spleen cancer. Michelle was at Marla’s side and held her hand till her last breath. Ann has fought cancer, helped friends and family through it and lost family members to it including her father who passed away from brain cancer 11 years ago.”
Her children Sherissa Lynn Schneider (who is named after Marla) and Tyson Schneider (Marla introduced Michelle to his extended family) handed Michelle a handmade card which expressed how proud of Michelle they were and that they supported her. Schneider had shaved her head once previously to recognize Marla. This time Michelle decided to honour both Marla and Schneider’s sister as well as her own turning 50.
It became an event as more things were discussed.
They had princesses from Over the Moon, superheros from Enchanted Events, a bouncy castle was donated by Bounce of Fun as the owner was also effected by cancer, and pedal tractors from the Pedal Tractor Farm.
After hearing about Michelle’s bravery, Colleen from Henna Artistry offered to do an amazing design (part of which was drawn by each of her children).
Sparkle Tattoo also joined the day, face painter Christy Vance the Paintergirl, attended, and an official photographer — Janice Bezler — was also there as well as a concession was operating.
The organizers were pleased with the efforts and the fact there were people who attended the event and children were able to enjoy some of the activities that took place. The big reason behind the event was that Schneider wanted to honour her friend.
“Fundraising is one thing, but we need to find a cure,” added Dickson who noted each were grateful to the community.

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Ryan Dahlman

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