As Leah Wiebe was expected to start her leukemia treatment in the U.S. last week, her family decided what to do with the money that the community had fundraised through several events.
The BC Ministry of Health agreed on July 13 to pay Wiebe’s medical costs and living costs – the Canadian equivalent of US $480,000 – during her CAR-T treatment in Seattle that may save her life.
Before the province’s assistance, her family had started a YouCaring fund asking for the full amount for living expenses and medical care of $950,000. However, now that the ministry of health is covering a major portion of Weibe’s expenses, the family decreased the funds needed to $300,000 and as of July 21, the YouCaring fund totalled $315,080.
The family made a statement on Weibe’s sister Ruth Magee’s Facebook page that they will use fundraised money for accommodations, travel and unknown future costs.
“It also enables Ryan and Leah to have the peace of knowing that they have funds to fall back on if the treatments in Seattle and the bone marrow transplant that must follow it in Vancouver fails,” they wrote.
“We are committed to do everything in our power to make it possible, no matter what comes Ryan and Leah’s way, that they will have all that they need to face it without having to worry about money being the determining factor in whether she lives or dies, like this last situation.”
For anyone wanting to fundraise to help their funds can be directed to:
Send Checks to Leah Wiebe, Box 542, Terrace BC, V8G 4V5