Family Bingo Night to benefit three-year-old cancer patient

Family Bingo Night to benefit  three-year-old cancer patient
JARVIS—Three-year-old Zayne Braun is pictured with his mom, Tori (Emerick) Braun. —Submitted photo.

By Sheila Phibbs

The Haldimand Press

JARVIS—The “Hummingbirds of Hope” are hosting a Family Bingo Night on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Jarvis. The Hummingbirds represent the family of Wayne and Mareea Lindsey, with their daughter, Jennifer Richards, and granddaughter, Samantha Armstrong, at the helm. They originally participated in the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event in Jarvis in memory of the Lindseys’ daughter, Karen. Bingo Night began five years ago and this upcoming event will benefit three-year-old Zayne Braun of Simcoe, who has retinoblastoma.

In October 2017 Zayne was diagnosed with the cancer, which can affect one or both eyes and a spot in the brain. His father, Steve, explains that it is the result of a gene malfunction and can be linked to future cancers. Awareness posters alert parents to “Know the Glow” but in Zayne’s case, tumors were growing inside the eyeballs so they couldn’t see the glow. Both eyes were quite full and Steve recalls, “It’s one of the worst cases they’ve seen.”

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