Sunday Dennis and her husband Jason of Sock Soiree in downtown Courtenay are currently in the process of raising $300

Community rallying around one of its own

Crowdsourcing campaign raises $100k in less than 48 hours

  • Jan. 7, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Erin Haluschak

Record Staff

While facing a seemingly overwhelming diagnosis, Sunday Dennis and her family have reached part one of their goal.

Dennis, a volunteer, musician and owner of Sock Soiree in downtown Courtenay, was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour requiring immediate medical attention and surgery.

With limited resources in Canada, a treatment option is available as part of a funded cancer treatment trial at UCLA which offers the best hope for a positive outcome.

Needing to pay for the surgery, hospital fees and more, her husband Jason set up a crowdsourcing site in order to raise $300,000 as soon as possible.

Less than 48 hours into the fundraiser, their initial goal of raising $100,000 was met, and a second fundraiser for the mother of three is set for Saturday night at the Waverley Hotel in Cumberland.

“Bright Light for Sunday” kicks off at 7 p.m. and admission is by donation. There is a significant silent auction as part of this event and folks are also welcome to drop off cash donations at the event as well. Performers include Corwin Fox, Pamela Tessmann, Marc Atkinson, Kevin Jay Flesher, Casey Ryder, The Cumberland Brothers, Willowicious, The Moon Band, Helen Austin and other surprise guests.

Visit “Bright Light for Sunday” on Facebook for more information about this weekend’s event. Visit “Love and Bright Light for Sunday Dennis” on Facebook to stay up to date on Sunday’s progress.

For more information, or do donate to the fundraiser, visit and search for Sunday Dennis, or to donate in person, visit the downtown Coastal Community Credit Union location for the account in Dennis’ name.

–With submitted files


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