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Wednesday, April 17, 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 that will be held on Saturday, September 10.

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, established the Pushing Paddles for a Cure, a 501c nonprofit organization. The event is now in its fifth year.

“In the last four years, we’ve managed to raise and donate more than $30,000 to this awesome cause. Our goal this year is to raise at least $20,000,” said Kelly Colombel. “I know we can do it!”

PPFAC participants will gather to spend the day with family, friends and new friends as they paddle a five-mile trek starting at the Larose flood gates, in front of Holy Rosary Church on Hwy. 308, and ending at the Cut Off Youth Center where great food, drinks, live entertainment, games, raffles, auctions and fun will be waiting for participants who paddled and those who just want to pass a good time for a great cause.

“Paddle participants register for only $25. A portion of the money raised is dedicated to research and development, another portion goes to funding MDA summer camp and the final portion will be donated to the family of Trevor and Trey Guidry as these two brothers both fight DMD. We hope to be able to help them in purchasing a handicapped accessible van,” said Colombel.

Participants may sign up early at Sublime Impression’s Tattoo Studio, 16632 Hwy. 1 Cut Off, near Tobacco Plus at the South Lafourche Bridge, phone 985-258-6282.

Anyone who registers prior to August 19 is guaranteed a t-shirt. Event day registration begins at 7 a.m. and paddling begins at 8 a.m. All paddlers must provide their own boats and life jackets. No motorized boats are allowed.

For more information, visit the PPFAC facebook page: