West Shore RCMP Tour de Rock rider Donna Fraser and her inspiration

Bargain shopping at RCMP detachment helps kids

The West Shore RCMP garage sale and barbecue is Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the detachment, 698 Atkins Ave.

If you’re up for bargain shopping and helping kids, the West Shore RCMP annual garage sale should not be missed.

Donna Fraser, a West Shore RCMP auxiliary constable, is on this year’s Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. While  new to the tour, she is no stranger to the charity garage sale. She’s organized it since 2011.

Each year the sale draws in more money, last year it raised $5,000 and Fraser hopes to exceed that this year.

“I am finding less time (to organize) this year because I am out riding with the team,” Fraser said.

This month, Fraser and the rest of the tour riders conquered Mount Washington in preparation for the fall trip that will have police and media riders cycle the Island 1,000 kilometres tip-to-tip.

“It was definitely a challenge. The biggest part was realizing who I was doing it for,” Fraser said.

“I was thinking of Lucas, that’s what got me up the hill. At one point I thought of a treatment Lucas went through where they put two needles in his legs at the same time,” Fraser said explaining the pain in her legs was less than was Savage experienced during his dual inter-muscular treatment.

Savage, 16, was diagnosed with T cell lymphoblastic lymphoma in December of 2010 and after aggressive treatments he was told he was in remission in April 2013.

“It’s so good to feel normal again,” Savage said.

Savage met Fraser through the Juan de Fuca curling club five years ago and is honoured to be the inspiration for her ride. In 2011 Fraser’s husband Rod Fraser was the West Shore RCMP rider who also credited Savage as his inspiration.

“It’s awesome and really cool,” the teen said.

Savage and his mother Dana Savage will volunteer at the sale slated for Aug 10 at the detachment.

“Community support is key. It’s a huge way to let families (dealing with cancer) know there is support out there,” said the proud mom. “You might not know someone with cancer, but your neighbour might or your friend’s friends might.”

Savage will keep his eye out at the sale for parts for the1968 Yamaha motorbike he’s restoring.

One of Fraser’s favourite finds from a previous sale is a black and white Winnie the Pooh picture that she expects to gift to her first grandchild, due in September.

The West Shore RCMP garage sale and barbecue is Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the detachment, 698 Atkins Ave.

 

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