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Caring for Carriveau

There are few things more distressing to parents than a child becoming ill. Rhonda and Ric Carriveau know that first-hand. Recently, doctors discovered that their youngest son, 13 year old Corey, has a tumor between his ear and his brain.

The Carriveaus, who live in Finland, are facing the prospect of taking their son to a Twin Cities children's hospital but must await the results of a biopsy in Duluth before the surgery can be scheduled. One biopsy has already been performed.

"We're going to go in on Thursday. They have to do another biopsy because the one they did wasn't good enough," Ric Carriveau said.

While the family is tending to Cory's needs on the home front, the North Shore communities are rallying to help the Carriveaus in other ways. On Sunday, Dec. 9, a benefit will be held at the Clair Nelson Recreation Center in Finland to help defray medical expenses and travel costs to Children's Hospital.

"Ric told me about his son and I told Jim (Sinderman) and we thought it was appropriate to do," said Peter Walsh, chief of Finland Fire Rescue, where Carriveau has volunteered for over 25 years. "Ric is one of those guys who will help anyone at any time, but he'd never ask for help for himself. He's a big hearted guy and a unique character."

The benefit, which will include food, a live auction, prizes and live music by the Bob Curry Family Band has been undertaken by Sinderman with help and donations from all over the region.

"It has turned out to be a lot bigger than I thought. It's been an overwhelming response," Sinderman said.

Last week, when Sinderman stopped by the News-Chronicle office, he had already managed to procure quite a few donations from businesses along the North Shore. Don's Auto in Finland had donated an oil change and filter plus $200 off the purchase of four tires. The Two Harbors Fire Department donated $200 for food, but asked that money not used for the event go to the family. Season passes to Lutsen were donated, as well as a motorized ice auger, pizza, a Christmas table runner, a muzzle loader from Scales and Tails Bait and Sport Shop in Beaver Bay and much more.

Dinner, for which donations will be taken at the door, will include Sloppy Joes made by the Schroeder Fire Department, chicken, bacon and ranch pasta salad from Tofte Fire, and Randy and Lisa Nelson's homemade chili, described by Sinderman as "just awesome."

Community members have also shown their support in other ways, such as the recent delivery of a semi- truck load of firewood to the Carriveau home.

"John and Jack Nelson delivered it and neighbors and fire department members cut and stacked it in his shed," said Walsh. "They're a good family and good neighbors and we're glad to help them out."

Sinderman said he is hopeful of a good turnout.

The benefit for Cory Carriveau will be from 3-7 p.m. with live auctions starting around 5. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will give 50 cents for every dollar donated up to $1,000. The Clair Nelson Rec. Center is located at 6686 Cramer Road in Finland. Take Highway 61 to Highway 1. Drive six miles to Cramer Road and turn right. The rec center will be on the right.

Readers who can't make the benefit can still help. An account has been set up in Corey's name at all three branches of the North Shore Federal Credit Union: Silver Bay, Lutsen and Grand Marais.