TIGNISH -- Twenty-four years after their son died of complications from kidney disease, Don and Ruby Gaudet of Tignish continue to hold an annual poker run in aid of the Kidney Foundation.
Don and Ruby Gaudet are eager to pass on their love of snowmobiling to twin granddaughters Millie, left, and Melodie Gaudet. The Gaudets are holding their 22th annual poker run in memory of their son, Donald Jr., and in aid of the Kidney Foundation on Sunday, February 9. There will be trails for snowmobiles and ATVs.
It is in appreciation of all the support their son, Donald Jr. received from the Foundation and in acknowledgement others still struggle with the disease.
Her sonâ€™s kidney problems were first discovered when he was five. Despite his medical problems and kidney dialysis, he enjoyed sports, especially ball. He even had a special cast made so that he could play. He passed away February 4, 1990 at the age of 20.
On Sunday, February 9 the Gaudets, with the support of family and friends, will host the 22nd annual Donald Gaudet Jr. Memorial Poker Run. There will be trails for snowmobiles and for ATVs.
Registration will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at Tignish Legion. Participants will draw their poker hands before departing on their run, and organizers will determine the best poker hands while theyâ€™re out.
Participants are invited to return to the legion following the run for soups, chilies, chowders and other refreshments.
Last yearâ€™s run, the most successful ever, raised more than $2,700 for the Kidney Foundation. There were more than 160 participants, including some who didnâ€™t even have a machine but registered any way, just in support of the cause. Thereâ€™s also a 50-50 draw and a raffle.