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Darcy Bogdavova’s bright smile was made even brighter when Emmett Blois stopped by Spring Street Academy on Monday night to show his support during a fundraiser for Darcy and her family. Blois was one of the contestants of the reality TV show Big Brother Canada. He’s from Gore, N.S., and made it to the final three before he was evicted from the Big Brother household.
AMHERST – It was only a last minute booking but Emmett Blois of the TV show Big Brother Canada came through to help Darcy Bogdanova.
Six-year-old Darcy was recently diagnosed with cancer and hundreds of people came out to Spring Street Academy Monday night for a fundraiser to help her family offset costs associated with her treatments.
“We had an amazing show of support from the community and I don’t think it could have gone any better than it did,” said Angela Muise, co-ordinator of the fundraiser.
The event raised $10,000, and judging by the very long lineup, one of the biggest attractions was getting an autograph and a photo taken with Blois.
“He was amazing,” said Muise.
“When he first messaged me he said, because he had been in Ottawa all weekend and with the flying and travelling, that he could probably only stay for 45 minutes or an hour,” added Muise. “But when he got there he said he would stay until every person who came to meet him had a chance to have their picture taken and have an autograph. He was phenomenal.”
Blois’ fans spent about $900 to meet him.
Blois lives in Gore, N.S., and Lisa Allen, who led the Zumbathon at the fundraiser, got the ball rolling for Blois’ appearance.
“Lisa messaged his fan page on Facebook and the administrator of the page got back to her immediately and asked for a contact number and Lisa gave her my number,” said Muise. “She called me immediately. It was within 10 minutes that the whole process took place.”
Muise didn’t find out until the last minute whether or not Blois would be able to make it.
“I didn’t know until Monday at 3:30 p.m. if he was coming for sure because he was in Ottawa all weekend,” said Muise. “He landed in Halifax at 3 p.m., got on his motorbike and came up.”
Darcy was able to attend the event. She met Blois and also led people through some Zumba.
“Darcy was determined she was coming out to do Zumba,” said Muise. “She Zumba’d for four songs, there were some presentations done for her and then they (her and her family) went out the back door.”
Darcy attends West Highlands Elementary School, and last week they held a Zumbathon Fundraiser on the schools front lawn.
It looks like we’re going to surpass the $15,000 between the two events,” said Muise.
Both events were organized in a short amount of time and Muise is thankful for all the support.
“We have a great community that helps anybody in need, but here is a six-year-old girl and that tugs at the heartstrings.
“I found everybody was willing to help in anyway they could, either through donations or they volunteered their time, or they were there Monday night.
Everybody was eager to help her.”
The Bogdanova’s sent a letter to the Amherst Daily News thanking everybody for their support on Monday night.
The letter in its entirety is as follows:
It has been a difficult time but there have been so many gestures of love and support from all of the people in this community.
There is no doubt everyone who came out to the fundraiser tonight to support my little girl’s fight against her cancer has a big heart. Everyone wants her to get well and to be cured and we felt the energy in all the people.
On behalf of our family we want to thank each person for their prayers and support.
We appreciate it all.
Bobby, Diana, Darcy and Lily Bogdanova.