Bucky’s Taphouse pub owner Simon Fearn pours a lager from a specially outfitted pink tap

Bucky’s taps into important cause

Family connection strong to breast cancer fundraiser

Raise a pint to fighting cancer.

In honour of his mother, Brenda, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and his wife, Cheryl, who received similar news in 2011, Bucky’s Taphouse owner Simon Fearn is donating 100 per cent of the proceeds from sales of their house beer Lighthouse Company Lager to the CIBC Run for the Cure.

Through challenging times, it is a cause he said has been a fulfilling one for his entire family.

“These women have been through a lot and will continue to go through a lot (for) the rest of their lives and the amount of strength they have is undeniable,” said Fearn, a longtime Highlands resident. “If I can help donate a few dollars for breast cancer research, I will keep doing it.”

Both his wife and mother underwent radiation, chemotherapy and surgeries to stay on top of the disease. Both are currently cancer-free, following a single mastectomy for Brenda and a double mastectomy on Cheryl, operations that came almost exactly one year apart.

So far, Fearn said, the fundraiser has raised approximately $250, with some regulars partaking even when the LCL isn’t their go-to beer.

The $4-per-sleeve fundraiser started Sept. 11 and runs through Sept. 30. Lighthouse Brewing Company is also helping sponsor the event by providing some free kegs to the pub.

“Sept. 11 is such a dark day, so we decided to start it (then) to make it happy and raise everyone’s spirits and have something good come out of the (date),” Fearn said. “I hope that no matter where anybody does any fundraising, I hope everyone partakes in their own little way to beat breast cancer.”

The CIBC Run for the Cure starts at the University of Victoria’s Parking Lot 4 (near Centennial Stadium) on Oct. 4, with registration from 7 to 9 a.m. The five-kilometre walk/run starts 9 a.m. with closing ceremonies starting at 10 a.m.

For more information on the Langford fundraiser, visit buckys taphouse.ca.

alim@goldstreamgazette.com

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