Artist Kathy Spears sits with one of her paintings of the Pictou Yacht Club. Spears, along with several other Pictou County artists, will be selling works at a fundraiser on Saturday at the Westville Legion for Terry Stewart, who is battling pancreatic cancer. JOHN BRANNEN – THE NEWS
STELLARTON – Terry Stewart and his family have an unofficial motto.
We all may think we have it together, but together as a family we have it all.
While it’s meaningful and significant since he came from a family of nine boys and four girls it has taken on an entirely new meaning after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
His friends and family are getting ready for a fundraiser tomorrow to support Terry as he battles cancer. Through the donations of original works of art from Pictou County artists, they’re hoping to raise enough money to help Terry return to normalcy as he undergoes treatments.
Terry, son of the late Don and Janet Stewart, was born in and grew up in New Glasgow.
“I worked in my dad’s scrap yard for a bit growing up and spent eight years working at the Michelin plant,” said Terry.
In a career change, he began working as a advertising consultant with Yellow Page and was named one of their top employees. He also spent a lot of time on the ice and golf course.
All that changed last November when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
“It was a complete shock to me,” said Terry. “Since then I’ve undergone 11 chemotherapy treatments. The 11th really knocked me down and I’ve been getting my strength back gradually.”
He said it’s been a setback for him and his wife Janet, and kids Cheryl, Teri, Lindsey, Allen and Riley. Now his days are busy with calls and consultations with health professionals, including those at the Mayo clinic in the US.
This is why his niece and local artist Kathy Spears has recruited local artists to Terry’s cause.
“As long as Terry is in this fight we should stand with him,” said Spears. “We can’t lose hope.”
The local artists she has recruited have donated original works for a benefit for Terry on Saturday. Dan Munro, Carolyn Vienneau, Helen Langille, Joanne Keating, Ruth Creighton and Casey Fulton will be auctioning off some of their works.
Terry is travelling from his home in Georgetown, Ont., to P.E.I. to visit family and will take the ferry to be in Pictou County by this Saturday.
“I am making progress and the cancer hasn’t spread in the last five months,” said Terry. “Surgery can’ t be done because the mass is too large but the treatments have reduced it 30 per cent.”
A constant optimist, he is ever thankful for friends and family.
“I love and treasure them, and wanting to get older and enjoy my wife, kids and grandkids in our home in Ontario is keeping me going. I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and family.”
The event costs $45 per ticket (includes the evening dance). Each ticket is an opportunity to win a grand prize. Tickets available through Scissor Wizard (Joanne Keating): 695-3700, Fay Royal: 759-6285, Westville Legion (Wanda Harris): 396-3742 or Kathy Spears: 695-3113.
For friends and family not attending the gala dinner, there will be a minimum donation of $10 at the door. Shuttle service will be available for a minimum donation of $15.
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4:00-5:00 p.m. – Meet & Greet
5:00-8:00 p.m. – Gala Dinner with guest speakers Rev. Bruce Morrison, the Canadian Cancer Society and others. Dinner includes hot roast beef, tropical pina colada dessert and hot and cold beverages. Art auction.
8:00-9:00 p.m. – Guitar picking, sing song with Terry in the lower level of the legion. Bring your guitars.
9:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. – Dance, with awesome music playing to dance the night away with Terry, family and friends.