Santas team up for cancer cause

Brothers Chris and Jamie Ruscheinski are behind a mysterious sighting of Santas in Cloverdale.

Brothers Chris and Jamie Ruscheinski are behind a mysterious sighting of Santas.

A bit of a mystery involving two Santa Clauses and a spiffy, red 1964 Chevy Impala on Cloverdale’s 176 Street a few weeks ago has been solved.

The sighting was part of a promotional video being filmed in the historic town centre for an upcoming cancer fundraising event taking place later this month at The Henry, the new pub at the Clover Inn.

The Santas – spotted late one Friday afternoon in the 5600-block of 176 Street, across from the government liquor store – were two Langley men, brothers Chris and Jamie Ruscheinski.

On Dec. 22, they’re hosting Sleighin’ Cancer, a Twins Cancer Fundraising party with special guest Dj Shrew.

The brothers are fundraising dynamos. So far they’ve raised nearly $500,000 in the fight against cancer, a disease that has struck close to home for the Ruscheinskis, who’ve held a series of fundraising events aimed at drawing a young, modern crowd.

The Twins Cancer Fundraising project is an initiative in memory of their mother, who lost her long and painful fight with breast cancer 10 years ago.

Their first fundraiser attracted a crowd of 400 in the brothers’ back yard in Shannon Hills, and their fundraising events have grown from there.

“It’s getting to the point now where it’s raising substantial amounts of money,” Jamie said, “And we love doing it. It’s a hobby that’s turned into a complete passion for us.”

Sleighin’ Cancer is Dec. 22 at The Henry. Doors open at 8 p.m.

For more information and tickets, visit www.twinscancerfundraising.com. (You will find the promotional video there, too.)

Tickets are $40. Every penny raised will be going to the Shaun G. Foundation, set up to honour the memory of a close friend who had helped the twins set up some of their previous cancer fundraisers.

Shaun died two weeks after he was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer called angiosarcoma.

The Shaun G Foundation was established to promote awareness about the fight against all cancers, to fund medical research into angiosarcoma and other forms of cancers, provide support and education for those in need, and to create

a scholarship for a student working in the field of cancer research.

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