The community of Walden rallied behind its deputy fire chief on April 21, streaming into the local fire hall for a fundraising event aimed at helping him as he recovers from cancer.
Participants raised more than $2,500 for Lionel Eisenhauer, who has been the deputy fire chief for the past 25 years and had surgery and chemotherapy due to a brain tumor.
"We are a small but mighty community," Rachel Eisenhaur, Lionel's niece commented in an e-mail to LighthouseNOW once the tally was in.
Rachel, the administrative assistant for the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, worked the table where people were lined up to donate money.
Lionel's wife Trina and his sister Nancy were also on hand to show support. Nancy's band, Chicks Having Fun, formed part of the entertainment, along with the local country band Kentucky Blue.
There were also long tables of baked goods and preserves for sale.
The MLA for Lunenburg, Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, called by and gave Lionel a hug, referring to him affectionately as the defacto mayor of Walden.
Having gone through 14 weeks of battling the cancer, Lionel told LighthouseNOW, "I'm all done with everything, except for getting better, and getting my strength back."
"They can't find any traces left. They think they got it all," added his wife.