Stars from The 100, Van Helsing, Travelers, Stargate SG-1, and Continuum headline May 27 fundraising event in support of 4-year-old sci-fi fan currently awaiting a bone marrow transplant
May 27 | Vancouver TheatreSports | 1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
2pm – 4:30pm
Tickets: From $100 at http://www.yellowheartpictures.com/fundraiser
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(Vancouver, BC) – Theirs are some of the most impressive names in the sci-fi sphere: Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG-1, Sanctuary); Simon Barry (Continuum, Ghost Wars); Leah Cairns (Travelers); Aleks Paunovic (Van Helsing, War for the Planet of the Apes); Chelsey Reist (The 100); Rukiya Bernard (Van Helsing).
And now, these sci-fi standouts are coming together for a single out-of-this-world afternoon in support of a 4-year-old sci-fi fan who needs all the help the universe can muster.
The event is Straight Out of Sci-Fi: A star-studded sci-fi fundraiser for 4-year-old Luke McLetchie. The fundraiser – which takes place at Vancouver TheatreSports on May 27 and is produced by Yellow Heart Pictures – puts these sci-fi stars in conversation with award-winning film and TV journalist Sabrina Furminger (YVR Screen Scene). The event offers a kind of “Inside the Actors Studio” but with a sci-fi – and charitable – twist.
Also on the schedule: silent and live auctions of rare and unique items; photo opportunities with the stars; refreshments available for purchase; the opportunity to sign up to be a bone marrow donor with Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch program.
All funds raised from Straight Out of Sci-Fi will go towards providing needed relief to Luke McLetchie and his family.
4-year-old sci-fi fan Luke McLetchie has been diagnosed with severe Acquired Aplastic Anemia (AAA), which is a rare, life-threatening bone marrow disease. Only 2 children in one million are diagnosed each year in North America. His bone marrow is not producing red blood cells, white blood cells or platelets which puts him at risk for an overwhelming infection or hemorrhage. The best treatment for AAA is a bone marrow transplant; however, his brothers and parents are not a match. A worldwide search for an unrelated bone marrow donor has been started. Meanwhile Luke is receiving blood transfusions and platelet infusions on a regular basis and has started treatment of immunosuppressant drugs at BC Children’s Hospital.
More information about Luke McLetchie is available on the GoFundMe page Fighting For Luke (https://www.gofundme.com/fighting-for-luke) as well as in this recent CTV News Vancouver story: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/he-doesn-t-have-an-immune-system-b-c-boy-needs-bone-marrow-donor-1.3911148
Tickets for Straight Out of Sci-Fi: A star-studded sci-fi fundraiser for 4-year-old Luke McLetchie begin at $100 and available at www.yellowheartpictures.com/fundraiser.