Persistent efforts pay off for Fredette Family

ROUSES POINT Since the day young Benjamin Fredette received the life-altering diagnosis of a Wilms tumor that lay dormant in his body, the community awareness and support for the 2-year-old boy has been nonstop. From teachers and students at Northeastern Clinton Central School and other individuals, there have been few who havent been ready to reach out a helping hand. Hes doing fairly well, said Benjamins father, Matt Fredette. Hes about mid-way through his treatments and hes doing okay with it. There is a little fatigue, but its a lot better than we thought. We didnt really know what to expect. We thought he would be sick all the time. The communitys most recent display of caring and kindness was a golf tournament at the North Country Golf Course to benefit Benjamin. Craig Hicks, who grew up playing hockey with Benjamins father, ran the fundraising event. The tournament featured a four-person team scramble, and also raffle tickets and chances to sponsor a hole for a given amount. It was a great turnout and a big fundraiser, said Fredette. The weather was great, and there was over 140 people who showed up. About 36 teams participated. The golf team from school played and all my other friends who also played hockey with me showed up from all over the place. It definitely helps us out immensely. From the very beginning everyone has been great. The senior class has already done something; theyve been amazing at school. Just supportive and great. I almost dont know what to say, he added. Benjamin, who will soon turn 3-years old, has about four more chemotherapy treatments left. He goes to Vermont every third week, for a few more months and then the tumor-ridding process will be complete. Along with the rest of the community, the Fredette family is hoping and praying everythings clear so Benjamin can live a happy life. When such an astounding number of individuals come together from outside a family to support them in their time of need, the Fredettes said it shows that the North Country is an ideal and friendly environment. The Fredette family extended their most gracious thank you to all those who have shown support for Benjamin. Andrew Matott is a student correspondent from Northeastern Clinton Central School.

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