By Donna Slavik
People often ask what Terrace’s Kimmunity Angels do and who we help. Due to confidentiality we never divulge patient information of any kind. We value and respect our community members and their desire to remain private. So our go-to answer for this question is: we provide financial assistance to seriously ill people to offset the cost of medical treatment, equipment and travel to attend medical appointments.
However, from time to time someone is willing to share their story. People love hearing impact and success stories. It helps our community understand what is needed and drives their desire to get involved.
Today we have a family who has offered to share their story in hopes of helping others and inspiring the community to continue in their volunteer and donation efforts.
Colleen Brisson suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage (a life-threatening type of stroke) which has left her paralyzed on her left side. As a result, she is unable to care for herself.
Initially, her husband, David assisted in her day-to-day care which put him at risk of injury. In order to receive assistance from “Home Support” special medical equipment was required. Without this equipment, the staff are at risk of injury.
A home study was completed and determined Colleen needed $15,000 of medical equipment: full electric height adjustable hospital bed with removable half bedrails, pressure relieving mattress, overhead lift and a supportive wheeled commode.
Like many, they did not have access to $15,000 and reached out to Kimmunity Angels for support.
In March 2019, the Kimmunity Angels provided this family with $15,000 to purchase the necessary medical equipment so Colleen could receive assistance from home. As a result, David has been able to return to work and generate income for the family.
When you attend Kimmunity Angels’ fundraisers, donate and volunteer, the community benefits. We may not always be able to share who we help, but please know, YOU are making a difference.
The society’s next fundraiser is a wine tasting and scotch bar night this Saturday, May 11 at the Terrace Arena Banquet Room. Tickets available at Misty River Books.
Donna Slavik is the president of the Kimmunity Angels Society.