Walk a Beat for Adrianna raises $3,542

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June 27, 2017

On June 3, the Walk a Beat for Adrianna took place in Smiths Falls for Adrianna Foster, the daughter of Arlene Foster who is a Member at Perth Community Care.

Family, friends, and co-workers walked the 5 km around Smiths Falls to raise money for Adrianna and her family.

Adrianna needs a new heart.

Adrianna is a 19 year old student at Willis College. At two and a half years old, Adrianna underwent a heart transplant. All was going well and she was living a normal teenage life. But in March, her heart started to fail because of antibody mediated rejection (AMR), meaning antibodies attacked her heart.

Adrianna, who is a positive, bright young lady and full of life, had to leave school in March. Her mother Arlene is unable to work while her daughter is ill. Perth Community care Union Steward Annette Walker and April Flegg from Willis College organized the fundraiser.

“I’ve known Adrianna since she was little,” said Annette. “I know firsthand what it’s like to be in the hospital for long periods of time. This is something I wanted to do for her and her family.”

The College agreed to donate $500 toward the total if they were able to surpass their goal of $3,000, which they did. The day raised a total of $3,542.

“Thank you UFCW Locals 175 & 633 for donating prizes,” said Annette. “And thank you to everyone who donated and gave. This was about helping out a dear friend of mine and giving back. We all wish Adrianna a speedy recovery.”

Union Rep Dean McLaren said: “Annette did an amazing job with this event and on behalf of the Union, I want to thank her for all the hard work that went into this. Her compassion and care for her friend is insipring.”

Also on hand for the day were Local 175 Executive Board VP Sandra Proulx, Union Rep Lionel MacEachern, and Region 3 Director Daniel Mercier.