Benefit dance for MacLennan family


A benefit dance will be held in Ripley this week in support of the family of a little girl who is battling leukemia.

The MacLennan family’s world was turned upside down in May when their four-year-old daughter and granddaughter Kathryn was diagnosed with leukemia. Kathryn has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments in London since the spring and her family is staying at the Ronald McDonald house until recently when Kathryn was allowed to return home and commute to London for treatment.

Kathryn’s father, Chris, is self-employed and her mother, Mary Ellen, works part-time at the Hawthorne Community Clinic in Kincardine and has had to take a leave of absence to care for her daughter. Friends and family have organized a benefit dance to help with the financial burden the family is facing. The dance will be held Friday at the Ripley-Huron Community Centre from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The benefit will include a silent auction with items donated by friends, family and local businesses. Anyone wishing to make a donation can contact Natalie Meekins at 519-395-3730 or, Donna MacLennan at 519-395-3746 or, or Diane Broome-Duvall at 519-374-9927 or

Tickets are $10 and are available at the Huron-Kinloss Township office in Ripley, Hawthorne Community Clinic or at Ripley Variety. For more information, visit the Rainbows for Kathryn Facebook page.