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Officially cancer free after a difficult journey

posted Aug 8, 2017, 11:37 AM by Kathy Carr
Dawson Smart has been on quite the journey in his young life. It was through this journey, that the Smart family saw how caring and supportive the Town, Mu­ni­ci­pality, and the whole surrounding area can be.
Dawson was only 14 months old when he was diagnosed with a Wilms Tumor, which is a form of Kidney Cancer. Over the course of eight months Dawson endured 15 rounds of chemotherapy, four surgeries, one week of radiation, and too many needles and days of fasting to count. Dawson’s final treatment was in Novem­ber 2011 and through those eight months, which were tough, he showed his family and friends how much of a trooper he was. 
Following his last treatment, Dawson went back to CancerCare Manitoba for multiple follow up appointments every year, and on November 17, 2016, he walked through the doors at CancerCare for the last time after officially being declared CANCER FREE!
That week was definitely a memorable one for the Smart Family; not only was Dawson officially cancer free, he was also one of four children chosen to drop the puck at a Winnipeg Jets home game on November 15, 2016. That night was the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Dawson was thrilled to meet some of his favourite players including Blake Wheeler and Big Buff (Dustin Byfuglien). It was a great night for the Smart Family as they got to watch the game from box seats, and received some pretty special Winnipeg Jets keepsakes.
In the years after Daw­son had completed his treatment, his parents, Amy and Jamie, wanted to organize a fun community event that would help raise funds for Cancer­Care Manitoba and Pediatric Cancer Care Manitoba. This was how the Potato Truck Pull began.
After discussing with the Carberry Agricultural Society, it was decided to host the event in conjunction with the Car­berry Fair. The first Annual Potato Truck Pull was held on July 5, 2015 and raised $37,865 for Pediatric Cancer Care and CancerCare MB. Even though the weather didn’t want to cooperate, it didn’t stop everyone from having fun and getting excited for the Truck Pull the next year. Each year the event has continued to grow. The 2nd Annual Potato Truck Pull raised $68,042, almost doubling the amount it raised the first year.
On July 9, 2017, the 3rd Annual Potato Truck Pull, which is hosted by Smart Electric and Crete Effects, took place. With the weather cooperating, the Grandstand, bleachers, and all the standing room available was full! Everyone came out to watch the 16 teams of 10 team members  pull an empty Potato Truck 80 feet. The timed event had teams showing how strong and fast they could be. The 3rd Annual Potato Truck Pull event raised a total of $106,414.02! 
To say the event was a success is an understatement! To date, the Potato Truck Pull has raised $212,321.02!
Amy, Jamie, Dawson, and Kinley would like to express a sincere thank you to everyone who helped to make the event such a success and to each of the corporate sponsors listed below.
TITANIUM SPONSORS: $2000+: 
Crete Effects
J.P. Wiebe Ltd.
Manitoba Starch Products
MS Prebiotics Inc.
Smart Electric
Summer Shack

DIAMOND SPONSORS: $1000-$1999 
Acadia Community Truss
Bar 77 Farms Ltd.
Border Farms Ltd.
C.M.S. Services
CTS
Don & Colleen McRae
Eecol
Falk Pharmacy
Farmery Brewery
Gabler Welding
H2 Services
Investors Group on Wa­ver­ley – Ian Anderson
Ken Kane Aerial Spraying
Mid-Plains Implements
Penn-Lite Electrical & Mechanical
Robins Nest Café
Royal Canadian Legion
Techmark Inc.
Westburne
Westman Aerial Spraying Ltd.
Earl & Faye Baron

PLATINUM $500 - $999 
A & M Farm Ventures
A.D.W.T. Naismith Ltd.
Bailey Farms
Bayer
Blooms’ & Body
Boo’s Body Shop
Brian McDonald Farm Ventures
Bruce & Colleen Turner
C & T Reynolds Farms
Carberry/Cypress-Lang­ford Fire Dept.
Carberry Signs
David Baron Farms
Dickson Farm Ventures
Excel-7 Ltd.
Fairway Colony
Forest Hills Cabins/ RV Resort
Gowan
Heritage Coop
Hood Farms
Howard & Val McDonald
J.D. Pumps
M&M Drilling
McCain Foods
McDonald Stock Farms
Metcalfe’s Garage
R.M. of North Cypress/­Town of Carberry
R.P. Robinson & Assoc.
Randy & Kim Baron Farms 
Riverbend Colony
Shellmark Farms
Southern Water
Stolon Glance Agronomy Ltd.
Sundance Farms
Under the Hill Farms
White Potato Services Ltd.
Wright Spud Farms
Wurtz Bros.
Dave & Audrey Thiessen

GOLD SPONSOR $250 - $499 
B & N Kommer
BDO Canada
BDR Services
Bee Clean Building Maintenance
Brentagg
Burchgrove Farms
CCI Grad Class 2017
Carberry 4-H Beef Club
Carberry Ag Society
Choice Agri Ltd.
Cody Campbell Contracting
Davison Farms
Daymond Farms
Dr. Jane Ward
East End Services
Evan & Kim Reynolds
Gerry Mountain Sand & Gravel
Go Creations
Harold’s Electric
HMS Insurance
Hy-life Foods
Mardee Enterprises
McPhail Travel
McReal Spray
Meyers Meats 
Mid-Man Farms
Mursan Farms
P & H – Garth Brister
Paddock Drilling
Prairie Shot
Progressive Sanitation
Scott Builders
Shewfelt’s Plumbing & Heating
Sidney 4-H Beef Club
Smith Potato Farms
Spud City Food Mart
Steen Farms
Subway
Swansfleet Alliance
T & M Olmstead Farms
Western Restoration
SILVER SPONSOR $100- $249 
Accenting Styles
ADM Agri Services
Bison
CACF Youth in Philan­thro­py
CPS
Carberry Autobody
Carberry Elks 466
Carberry Motor Inn
Carberry News Express
Carberry Small Animal Vet Clinic
Carberry Windshield & Glass
Cargill
Carrier
Chandler Farms
Dairy Queen – Neepawa
Dung Buggy Septic Service
E & B Farms
Fowler Hyundai
Harris Pharmacy
Integrated Power Services
Jakels Delivery
Kara Matthews Photography
Ken’s Steele Inc.
Kerri’s Clinic of Massage Therapy
Links on Main
Murray Chevrolet Cadillac
Nathan & Tanner Olmstead
Neepawa/Gladstone Coop
North American Lumber
Ramsey Motors
Redfern Farm Services
Reilley’s Home Hardware
Royal Lepage/Martin Liberty – Tyler Plante
Sparkle Tattoo
The Group Insurance Guy
Westman Security Group
Westoba Credit Union
WFG Canada

The Smart Family would also like to thank Dr. Geoff Cuvelier (Pediatric Oncologist), Brandon Wheat Kings Mascot “Willie”, Kara Matthews Photography, Farmery Brewery, Cody Campbell Contracting, Randy & David Baron Farms, Ag Society, and the Royal Canadian Legion, our 20 volunteers for running the day, 160 participants, and 1000 spectators who helped in making this event such a success! “The support that everyone gave us makes a difference, our son Dawson is living proof,” said Amy Smart.

by Kathy Carr
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