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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Pushing Paddles’ goal is finding a cure for MD

Pushing Paddles’ goal is finding a cure for MD

Unless you’ve experienced the loss of a child, it’s difficult to put into perspective the extent of unbearable grief that a parent feels when this happens. Tammy Colombel Guidry knows that pain all too well.

When Tammy lost her son Dillion to Muscular Dystrophy she was determined to create a fundraiser that would help others with this debilitating disorder. Her son’s death brought about the ‘Pushing Paddles for a Cure’ (PPFAC) fundraiser on Bayou Lafourche to be held Sunday, September 7.

The annual event was established in the name of Dillion Joseph Shicksnider.

Dillion, or Dill-Pickle, as he was affectionately known, was diagnosed at a young age with Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) by the physicians at Children’s Hospital.

Throughout his life he faced many challenges but still kept a positive attitude and strong will. But at the age of 16, Dillion’s battle ended. But his compassion, determination, persistence, motivation and good spirit lives on.
Tammy, along with her sister Kelly and brother, Don Jr., and with their parents’ support, Don and Priscilla Colombel of Larose, established the Pushing Paddles for a Cure event, now in its third year.

PPFAC participants will gather to spend the day with family, friends and new friends as they paddle up the bayou on Sunday, September 7, where registration will begin at 7 a.m. near the Greater Lafourche Port Commission building on Hwy. 308 in Galliano. Participants are asked to sign in and must donate a minimum of $10.

The parade of boats will consist of pirogues, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and basically anything else that floats. Paddling will begin near the Port Commission at around 8 a.m. and will end near the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Larose, near the Larose Floodgates.

But the fun doesn’t end there. Festivities await at the Larose Civic Center with great food, live entertainment, games, raffles, a silent auction, a sweet sale and more!

All funds collected will be donated to the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) to be distributed to research and development in finding a cure, funding of summer camp programs, and a specially designated ambassador who suffers with DMD.

PPFAC’s goal this year is $10,000 and can easily be met with assistance from you!

Participants may sign up early and purchase raffle tickets at Sublime Impression’s Tattoo Studio, 16632 Hwy. 1 Cut Off, near Tobacco Plus at the South Lafourche Bridge, phone 985-632-2044.

For more information, or to get involved, contact event coordinators Kelly Colombel, 985-791-5344; Tammy Guidry, 985-696-0116; or Brittany Shicksnider, 985-258-9196.
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Participants in last year’s PPFAC event show their support for the fundraiser. Sign up now for this year’s event to be held Sept. 7.