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All-in for a good cause, charity poker players help out Hants woman battling cancer

A group of poker players were betting on a good cause at the Windsor Legion on Feb. 10, with some of the proceeds going to Cherie MacDonald as she deals with her cancer diagnosis.
A group of poker players were betting on a good cause at the Windsor Legion on Feb. 10, with some of the proceeds going to Cherie MacDonald as she deals with her cancer diagnosis. - Colin Chisholm

WINDSOR, N.S. – Approximately 25 people gathered at the Windsor Legion Branch 009 for a friendly game of poker, but one of the big winners wasn’t even there.

Cherie MacDonald, who’s currently going through cancer treatment, will be the recipient of a large portion of the funds raised from the game.

Trevor Rolfe, the main organizer of the charity poker games at the Legion, said they wanted to raise money for MacDonald because of everything she’s done for the community.

“She’s going through chemo right now for brain cancer,” Rolfe said. “We do this every month for somebody that’s in need, and Cherie and Brian (MacDonald) are real good friends of ours.”

Rolfe said the funds raised will help them pay for travel, parking, food and any other expenses they may incur.

A donation bin and 50/50 draw was also set up for Cherie.

“They’re just very nice people,” he said.

Cherie and Brian are the former owners of Swinamer’s Home Building Centre in Curry’s Corner just outside of Windsor.

Rolfe said they try to hold a charity poker game once a month, they’ve already helped two other families, who are also going through treatment of some kind.

Christina Baker, who came out to the charity poker game, said she wanted to help out because Cherie has done so much for the community through fundraisers of her own.

“She’s having a tough battle right now,” Baker said. “I think it’s time for us to give back to her.”

This is Baker’s first charity poker game, although she said she plays the game recreationally as well.

“I haven’t played in a little while, so hopefully I won’t be too rusty,” she said. “I know that Cherie is aware that this is going on and that she’s thankful that the community is thinking of her.”

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