VERNON — It’s a devastating blow at any age, but just as Vernon teen Dennon Leibel was preparing for high school graduation, he got life changing news.
Leibel was recently diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, one of the rarest forms of childhood bone cancer.
“Instead of going to grad celebrations and looking forward to prom, Dennon is looking at approximately a year of chemotherapy, surgery, radiation and then more chemotherapy at BC Childrens Hospital in Vancouver,” says Dennon’s aunt, Judy Holgersen-Leibel on a fundraising website for her nephew.
The “Do it for Dennon” campaign has also caught the attention of the Vernon Vipers. Leibel was also an avid hockey player, skating with the KIJHL’s North Okanagan Knights this past season.
RBC Cup top goal scorer, Colton Sparrow, spearheaded a fundraiser to support Leibel.
With help from the Vipers organization, Sparrow mass produced 1,000 red bracelets with the slogan “Do it for Dennon.”
They’re being sold for five dollars at Vernon high schools and many local businesses.
“My life being so blessed and all the things going right for me, when I look at what that kids going though right now,” says Sparrow “We’re just trying to give him support let him know the vipers got his back.”
If you want to support Dennon Leibel, or find out more about his story you can visit his fundraising page: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/1kko6.