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Martensville Ladies Night Returns With New Mission in Mind

by Shanine Sealey

Ladies get your neon clothes and leg warmers ready for May 25th, as the annual Martensville Ladies Night will be taking place, and this year’s theme is 80’s!

Tracey Lengyel is planning the event for her first time, and is already looking forward to hosting an unforgettable evening for the women of Martensville and surrounding areas. Lengyel has attended numerous local Ladies Nights for many years, and after moving to Martensville last year, decided to take the task on this year. “Paula, who planned the event last year, is a good friend of mine and had decided not to organize Ladies Night this year. I thought about it, and decided that this was something that I could take on to help raise money for a cause that is very important to me,” Lengyel explained.

The cause that is so near and dear to her heart is the Rett Syndrome Association in Saskatoon. Lengyel’s daughter was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome when she was four years old, after being misdiagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at two years old. According to Lengyel, Rett Syndrome is a genetic error on the X chromosome, which affects all abilities. “It is like having cerebral palsy and autism all mixed in, with no speech abilities. It is something that you are born with, and it is often misdiagnosed until they get older and different traits become apparent.” The reason that Rett Syndrome more often affects females is due to girls having two X chromosomes, while males have the XY chromosome.

Having been involved with the Rett Syndrome Association in Saskatoon for many years, Lengyel thought that the Martensville Ladies Night fundraiser was the perfect event to raise money for the syndrome, as the money would be going to help little girls afflicted within the province. “We want to create a clinic in Saskatoon where the girls would be able to go once or twice a year and see all of the doctors and therapists in one trip, rather than having to make a trip once a month. There are some family’s that have to travel far distances each month and this would allow them some added convenience. Rett Syndrome is pretty rare and in total, there are 24 girls affected in Saskatchewan. We just want to make life for them and their families a little easier by providing this,” Lengyel said. Money raised from the event will go towards funding the clinic, as well as providing a scholarship for a local female graduate. “To me, it just made sense to have an event for women that would be helping these girls. It is all about supporting one another.”

Lengyel and others from Rett Syndrome Association have been hard at work organizing everything for a fun night out and the event will include music by the band, ‘The Gongshow’, a meal catered by Sabaroso in Saskatoon and numerous opportunities to win some incredible prizes. One of the prizes already collected is a donation from WestJet for two anywhere they fly. The group is still collecting prize donations, and those interested in contributing can contact Lengyel at (306) 230-6364 or at martensvilleladiesnight@hotmail.com.

Tickets for the event are still available and can be purchased via E-transfer to martensvilleladiesnight@hotmail.com. “It is for a great cause. These little girls can definitely use the support and it is sure to be a great time as usual!”

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