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Sliding for the cure in Trout Creek

If you’re looking for some family fun this weekend, the Slide for the Cure is taking place in Trout Creek.  

Jeff Kmith, organizer, says from 10 am to 4 pm on Hill 70 off Old Ferguson Road there will be snow tubing and cross-country skiing for all ages.  

The event is free with donations being accepted for Ronald McDonald House Charities in Ottawa, which provides a safe, affordable and compassionate environment for families of seriously ill children.

Kmith says his family stayed there for a year and a half after his daughter Jillian was diagnosed with cancer in 2019. 

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“It’s more about emotional medicine,” he says. “I know it’s kept my family together.  Just having my daughter be able to play with other kids that were sick and not feel different than them.  It’s a great place, it’s a place that you cry together. It’s a place where you rejoice together. “

Kmith says they want to help Ronald McDonald House in Ottawa expand.

“The house currently has 14 rooms and room for 14 families,” he says.  “They’re really trying now to build an addition onto the house which would allow them to have 28 families there.”

The fundraising goal for Saturday’s Slide for the Cure is $10,000 and they’re already halfway there.  

Donations will be accepted at the event or online.

“We didn’t want to leave anybody out so we made it a free event, but if you can afford to give, we’d greatly appreciate it,” Kmith says. 

Lunch is also being provided at the event.

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