Over the weekend of March 19th to the 21st, the Evangeline ATV Club hosted fundraising events for long-time member & Volunteer, Tracy Arsenault. In June 2020, Tracy was diagnosed with aggressive non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer. This form of cancer has caused her physical and emotional turmoil. Her hospital stay was long and tough. Through the long months of battling her disease, she has remained positive, determined, and has never forgotten how to laugh and smile! The cancer has caused problems with her vision, numbness in several parts of her body and she is now confined to a wheelchair. Her life now requires some adaptations including many home renovations to allow her independence. The weekend started with Burger night on Friday night, 3 consecutive ATV runs on Saturday along with a canteen open all day, 50/50 tickets were sold all weekend, and an online Auction was held via Facebook. On Thursday, March 25th a check for $13,500 was presented. Tracy’s always been a huge part of the ATV’ing family & community. She’s been the “leader of the pack” of the club’s ladies runs for many years, and was an integral part of building the Club’s snowshoeing trail system, just to name some highlights of her dedication to the Club. The fundraiser exceeded expectations, which goes to show that the ATV’ing community across PEI is much more than just the riding!
“Tracy’s been such a big part of the Evangeline ATV Club for so many years, we just wanted to do a little something for her.” says JP Gallant, President of the EATVC.
“Having a fundraiser for Tracy was an easy, unanimous decision for the board of directors of the Evangeline ATV Club. We understand the importance of volunteering. Being able to give back to a member of the club that has volunteered for the club and in the community for so many years was something everyone wanted to be a part of. It was our opportunity to pay it forward.” says Annette Doherty, director of the EATVC.