Cara Bennett, the 37-year-old Qualicum Beach mother of four, lost her battle against an aggressive form of brain cancer Monday Jan. 13 in Victoria General Hospital.
“It’s a tragedy,” said Alexis Lockhart-Jennings, landlord and friend of Bennett. “She was so strong and positive.”
In an effort to help the family, friends are rallying together to host a fundraiser at the Quality Bayside Resort on Friday, Jan. 24.
“We’re doing a silent auction,” said Lockhart-Jennings, adding that donated items may be dropped off at her store, Lockhart Collection.
Additionally, the event will see a DJ, two burlesque dancers, food and signature drinks and cocktails.
“All proceeds will go directly to the family,” said Lockhart-Jennings, noting that the Arbutus Events webpage is also linked to Paypal for those who would like to make monetary donations online.
Last fall, Bennett’s doctors found three brain tumors, two of which were removed, but one incurable and inoperable one was left behind. Bennett had Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) — the most aggressive, malignant brain tumor found in humans. Successful chemotherapy was supposed to buy her 12 to 15 months of life to spend with her children, the youngest of which is just 18 months old. Unfortunately, she succumbed to the cancer earlier this week.
“She never wanted anybody crying or feeling sorry for her,” recalls Lockhart-Jennings. “Every time somebody was tearing up she would be so strong and I think as a mom, she had to be.”
Tickets to the event are $20 and are available at Lockhart Collection, on the Arbutus Events webpage, at the Bayside Resort and at the door. The event will start at 8 p.m. on Jan. 24. Proceeds go straight to the Bennett Family Foundation. To drop off items, or if you have any questions, stop by Lockhart Collection located at 180 Craig Street in Parksville.