Russ Bourree with Friends of the Family says another local family needs support. Donations can be made at the Nelson and District Credit Union.

Russ Bourree with Friends of the Family says another local family needs support. Donations can be made at the Nelson and District Credit Union.

‘Child Anon’ seeks help

Nelson's Friends of the Family is collecting donations for a seven year old with a rare syndrome.

You have likely visited the doctor or hospital at some time or another with your own children. Although concerning, it was probably for a minor or relatively short term ailment or injury. Unfortunately, it is not always the case.

For families living with the everyday reality of childhood acute or chronic life threatening illness or injury the stresses are many. Understandably the emotional toll is unthinkable but the hospital visits alone can greatly impact family life and finances.

Imagine for a moment how it would be for those families if they had their financial worries removed so they could focus on their ailing child and families. Well, that’s what the founders of the Nelson Friends of the Family wanted for their community. As a result they created a fund in 1999 that would relieve some of the costs associated with essential hospital stays and specialist visits out of our region. To date that fund has raised and donated close to $500,000.

Currently we have a Nelson family in need of this support. The family wishes to remain anonymous for the protection of their child, so Nelson Friends of the Family is receiving donations on their behalf. The seven year old “Child Anon” was born with the rare vascular malformation Parkes Weber Syndrome and has already experienced many hospital and specialist visits. A lifetime of treatment to an out of province hospital is foreseen, as is the resulting financial need. The family could really use your help.

Nelson has been a very supportive community for families such as this in the past so we are hoping it can find a way of doing so once again. Donations may be made for “Child Anon” either by cheque to Nelson Friends of the Family c/o Box 1190, Nelson, V1L 6H3 or directly deposited to the Friends of the Family account No. 10325027 at the Nelson and District Credit Union. A tax receipt may be issued for amounts over $20 upon request (whereupon name and address is required).

Knowing how generous our community is we sincerely thank you in advance for your support of this child and family.