Laughter, tears, and sometimes both at once were present in the Beefeater Plaza Friday night, as the community came out to support Heidi Vicary.
She was diagnosed with a brain tumor in the summer of 2017, and subsequently underwent surgery and treatment. Unfortunately, the evil enemy is making a comeback, but this time it faces the support of the community of Estevan, who stood behind the hometown girl.
"It's amazing, the support that the community's thrown behind this event for someone who hasn't lived here for many years. The mark that she left on the community while she was here is evident, and it's just amazing, the turnout we've had," shared Jeff Pierson, longtime friend to Heidi and one of the organizers of the event.
That said, the true hero of the occasion was Heidi herself. Despite battling the effects of the cancer, she made a surprise appearance to express her thanks, much to the delight of the crowd.
"To Heidi, her family is everything. Three quarters of her family and friends are here, so she wanted to come and support us just as we are supporting her. She made the travel and the jaunt down here, and we couldn't be happier," expressed Melissa Hanson, a close friend of Heidi's and an organizer of the cabaret.
The evening included a meal, silent auction and 50/50, and entertainment provided by comedic acts Myles Morrison, and the Williamson Brothers. All proceeds raised go towards supporting the treatment process, and Heidi's family.