Communities Rally Around Family

Trelbisky Family

With the Elks Lodges in Three Hills and Trochu strongly on board, support is growing by the day for the Joe Strelbisky family whose 12-year-old son William is in a battle with leukemia.

The Trochu parents, who work in Three Hills, have two daughters in school at Trochu Valley where their brother has had to take a leave of absence to fight his medical battle.

William had the disease two years ago and appeared to be getting better until recent tests revealed its recurrence.

“He is doing as well as can be expected at this time,” Mr. Strelbisky said.

Trochu Valley School Principal Jody Lammle started the charitable wheels rolling by letting service clubs and the communities know about the family’s plight.

The Strelbisky parents, who must continue to work to keep their lives together, are taking turns staying in the Ronald McDonald House in Calgary, as their son receives treatment, while the other looks after the daughters. Co-workers have been filling in for them.

A benefit concert will be held at the Three Hills Arts Academy on Tuesday. May 14. Tickets will be $25 and all proceeds will go to the family as the Academy has kindly donated the facility for the night.

Musicians for the all-Canadian tribute night will include Lambert Westera and the Golden Oldies, Richard Marz and his Usual Suspects, the multi-talented Lewis Frere and others to be announced later.

The music will honour legends like the late and lamented Gord Lightfoot, Ian Tyson, Stompin Tom Connors, and others still performing.

Tickets will go on sale next week with details to be announced.

Meanwhile, the Elks are setting up a bank account at the Three Hills Servus branch to accept donations for the family. A dedicated email will be established to link to that site.