After losing her son to cancer just over a year ago, Carmen Putz has been tirelessly organizing an event to help raise money for childhood cancer research.
The inaugural Hearts of Gold Gala is Feb. 9 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.
Carmen Putz lost her 19-year-old son Dylan to a rare form of pediatric cancer in January and now she’s raising awareness for what she says is the underfunding of childhood cancers.
“Our children fighting cancer are the toughest people I know and they deserve better,” Carmen said on a GoFundMe page.
“My son Dylan was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in September 2020 at the age of 17. He passed away Jan. 25, 2022. Rhabdomyosarcoma is a highly aggressive, rare form of pediatric cancer that forms in soft tissue (muscles), connective tissue (tendons or cartilage), or bone. It usually begins in muscles attached to bone but it may begin in many places in the body.”
She said that over the last 40 years there have been no significant improvements in survival rates or treatments for the cancer Dylan died from.
The Hearts of Gold Gala on Feb. 9 will include silent and live auctions, hors d’ouevres, casino games, live music, and much more.
Here is the link to purchase tickets from the Chilliwack Cultural Centre for the event Hearts of Gold tickets.
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