Almost $30,000 has been raised for Kenora’s Dave Blake.

A GoFundMe campaign for the co-owner of the Greek Monster Cafe in Beaver Brae and St. Thomas Aquinas and the former Entertainment Director of Harbourfest has reached nearly $30,000 in just over a month, to support Dave’s recovery journey.

Blake also recently received a $500 bonus by winning Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s Early Bird 50/50 contest, courtesy of West End Motors and Westland Insurance.

Dave suffered a heart attack on January 15, 2021, and after experiencing unusual back pain, was later diagnosed with stage 3 bone marrow cancer. He had been seeing experts in Thunder Bay and Ottawa for stem cell transplants and 16 rounds of chemotherapy, before starting additional treatments locally.

Dave’s been off work due to COVID-19 and has exhausted his health insurance plan. His mother, Harriett, has been by his side over the last 18 months. Blake’s longtime friend and Harbourfest’s new Entertainment Director, Sandra Ivanowich, started his GoFundMe campaign in early June.

All money raised will go towards the cost of Dave’s medications, rehabilitation therapy, mobility aids, home modifications, airfare and travel accommodations.

You can support Dave’s GoFundMe campaign HERE.

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care operates in the Rainy River District, and has recently announced that through their 50/50 fundraisers that began in 2021, they’ve already been able to raise $1.7 million to purchase a new CT scanner, new x-ray machines, an elevating table and a new digital mammography machine.

You can purchase tickets to Riverside Foundation’s latest 50/50 draw HERE.