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Fishing fundraiser to help father spend time with his dying son

Derby in honour of 3-year-old Noah Borgogelli takes place Aug. 12

Noah Borgogelli has been fighting for his life since he was six months old after he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. introduced you to his family back in 2015. 

Noah, just three years old, has been through chemotherapy at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, received a bone marrow transplant and numerous treatments before he was well enough to return home last year.

He's fought has hard as he could fight, his parents by his side every step of the way, for nearly all of his young life.

Sadly, this battle isn't going to end in triumph for little Noah. 

After being home for about a year in remission, the cancer returned and his parents, Anthony Borgogelli and Julie Major, had to make a choice no parent wants to make: To accept that they and Noah fought the good fight, but the good fight wasn't enough. 

So, Anthony and Julie decided the best thing they could do for their little boy was ensure he is surrounded by love and comfortably spend his days at his own home.

"I would like to be with my son for his last days," Anthony said.

Figuring out how to afford it was another matter, but it won't be one the family has to struggle with — thanks to Shawn Scott.

Scott has organized fundraising ice fishing derbies for Noah's family in the past to help them afford costs associated with the boy's cancer treatment. He's also done the same for the charity Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer (NOFCC), which provides supports to help families financially during cancer battles.

He's doing a different sort of fishing derby this time. Scott has organized an Aug. 12 event so Anthony can take time off work to be by his son's side until the end.

"I'm grateful to Shawn for doing this for us," Anthony said. "It's really nice to see that people in this world still care."

The derby will take place at the main boat launch on Ramsey Lake on Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be prizes and a barbecue. Cost to enter is $50 per person. Tickets are available at the boat launch on the day of the event or you can pre-register by phoning Shawn Scott at 705-562-0397.

-With files from Jonathan Migneault

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