Walk Wednesday for local boy with cancer
Aidan Reil, 11, watches TV with his mother, Sarah Grover, and father, Wayne Reil, close by at home in Trenton. Both parents have taken time away from work to care for Aidan since his terminal diagnosis in mid-May. Yet Aidan is scheduled to undergo more chemotherapy and a walk to raise funds for the family will be held Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lions Club pavilion in West Zwicks Centennial Park.
A walk will be held Wednesday in Belleville to raise funds for a local family stricken by childhood cancer.
Aidan Reil turns 12 on June 26.
And for the past three years, he’s been fighting brain cancer, undergoing hundreds of procedures and treatments.
Doctors at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children told Aidan’s parents in mid-May that his condition was terminal. Sarah Grover and Wayne Reil have since brought home their son to make him more comfortable. He’s unable to eat and says little.
Both parents, who are factory workers in Belleville, have since taken time away from work. Despite some medical coverage, they have faced many costs throughout Aidan’s illness, including repeated trips to Toronto plus accommodation.
The expenses haven’t stopped now that Aidan’s home. He receives all nourishment through a tube fed through his nose to his throat. His parents said the formula that has replaced his food costs about $300 for a four-day supply. Some medication costs have had to be paid up-front prior to reimbursement from their drug plan, a routine the parents say is a flaw in Ontario’s new OHIP+ system.
Wednesday’s walk begins at the Lions Club pavilion at 6:30 p.m. in West Zwicks Centennial Park off Bay Bridge Road/Highway 62 south of Dundas Street West.
The walk’s expected to last for about 30 minutes. The family asks for a minimum donation of $10 per walker. They’ll also be selling rubber “Team Aidan” bracelets and vehicle decals.
“As long as he is doing well, Aidan will be there in his wheelchair making the walk with us,” Reil wrote last week in an online message to supporters.
It’s believed Aidan could undergo more chemotherapy as early as this week.
Donations to the family may also be made online at tinyurl.com/aidanr