Leah Wiebe, left, and her sister Ruth Magee in their younger years. Contributed

Leah Wiebe’s family announces plans for extra fundraised money

Money not needed for medical and living expenses during and after treatment will go to help others

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:

E-transfer: leahsfightisourfight@gmail.com


Send Checks to Leah Wiebe, Box 542, Terrace BC, V8G 4V5

Just Posted

Ross is counting on Wilkinson to stick to his promise to fight for the north

Skeena BC Liberal MLA Ellis Ross is counting on newly-elected BC Liberal… Continue reading

BC BUDGET: New spaces a step to universal child care

Fees reduced for licensed daycare operators

BC BUDGET: NDP cracks down on speculators, hidden ownership

Foreign buyers’ tax extended to Fraser Valley, Okanagan, Vancouver Island

BC BUDGET: Payroll tax replaces medical premiums

Health spending to increase $1.5 billion for drugs, primary care teams

Northwest Community College board appointments made

New board members have NDP flavour

VIDEO: Top 10 B.C. budget highlights

The NDP is focusing on childcare, affordable housing and speeding up the elimination of MSP premiums

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Video: B.C. firefighters featured in quirky video

Oliver Fire Department posts video about their B.C. volunteer firefighter spring training seminar

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Two more medals push Canada into second place

A gold in ski cross and a bronze in bobsleigh as men’s hockey advances to the semis

Trudeau reiterates denial of Sikh separatists in cabinet, condemns extremism

“We will always stand against violent extremism, but we understand that diversity of views is one of the great strengths of Canada.”

Canada wins gold in men’s ski cross

Leman earns redemption with ski cross gold; Homan out early

Trump says more must be done to protect children

In a tweet Tuesday night, Trump indicated he wants to strengthen the background check system, but offered no specifics.

Evangelist Billy Graham has died at 99

Graham died Wednesday morning at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.

Canadians capture bronze in women’s bobsled event

Canadians Humphries, George take bronze in women’s bobsled event at Olympics

Most Read