Community rallies to help local man fighting leukemia

HELPING HAND- South Marysburgh resident and native South African Andries Lombard is receiving medical treatment for leukaemia. (Submitted Photo)



A fundraising benefit auction, dance and sale is being organized for a Prince Edward County resident stricken with leukemia.

Andries Lombard, 60, is a native South African who moved to Prince Edward County with his wife Nita about three years ago.

A gold and silver smith by trade in his native country, Andries moved to this continent with Nita to be closer their their adult children living on this side of the world in British Columbia and Florida.

Without permanent resident status, the family was dealt a devastating blow when a suspected sinus infection turned out to a be an aggressive form of leukaemia.

Without the benefit of resident health insurance, Lombard is facing bills totalling over $400,000 in order to receive life-saving treatment at Kingston General Hospital.

As a visitor, Lombard is awaiting an application for resident status but until granted, the family is responsible for any and all medical costs.

Living on Morrison Point Road in Black River, the Lombards have ingratiated themselves to the community during their short time there and the people of South Marysburgh are eager to help their friend in his hour of need.

On Saturday, Jan. 27, the Picton Elks Hall will serve as the venue of the all day event organized by friends and neighbours of the Lombards.

From 10 a.m. To 3 p.m., there will be a vendors area and tea room with a silent auction.

The tea room will feature a light lunch, beverages and home baked goods including French and Danish pastries.

Admission is $2 and children are $1.

From 6 p.m. To 1 a.m, a dance will be held with C&C Country Dancers offering line dancing instruction.

Admission for the dance is $10.

For more information on Lombard and his condition, please visit