Tamara Webber

Community rallies around four-year old girl’s battle with cancer

Annabelle Demedeiros from Terrace is undergoing treatment in Vancouver

  • Aug. 19, 2015 6:00 a.m.

AN ONLINE campaign has passed the $30,000 mark to help a four-year-old Terrace girl and her family deal with a cancer diagnosis and ongoing treatment.

“I’ve been completely speechless,” said Britta Nordean, a long time friend of Brian and Nicole Demedeiros and their daughter, Annabelle, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma just two days ago. “We’ve tripled the goal already.”

The family was flown to BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver Aug. 12 after Annabelle became unwell and test results were returned Aug. 17.

Brian and Nicole have left their jobs and expect to be in Vancouver for at least a year while Annabelle undergoes treatment, said Nordean.

She said her goal in starting the Go Fund Me account was to at least reduce the financial stress on the family’s life while they concentrate on Annabelle.

Brian and Nicole are, for now, staying at BC Children’s Hospital but arrangements will soon be made to find accommodations elsewhere, said Nordean, adding that living costs in a large city can be expensive.

She described Annabelle as a “very happy go-lucky child” who will have her fifth birthday this Sunday.

The effort to raise money was bolstered with a $5,000 donation from MacCarthy GM, where Annabelle’s uncle, John, has worked for 14 years.

“You help where you can,” explained dealership part owner Joey Prevost of the donation.

“And we want to do everything we can to help out the Demedeiros family.”

 

Just Posted

Terrace Industrial Park build-out continues

Containerized LNG, forestry among potential manufactured goods

Body, burning truck found near Dease Lake

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

CN train derailment cleared between Terrace and Prince Rupert

The CN mainline is now open, following a train derailment mid-way between… Continue reading

President and CEO leaving Coast Mountain College

Burt will say goodbye to CMNT come September

‘Tent city’ and homelessness a polarizing issue in Terrace

City of Terrace gives an update, says province should step in to help with housing, mental health

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Canadian high school science courses behind on climate change, says UBC study

Researchers found performance on key areas varies by province and territory

Six inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame

The 26th ceremony in Penticton welcomed powerful figures both from on and off the ice

RCMP investigate two shootings in the Lower Mainland

Incidents happened in Surrey, with a victim being treated at Langley Memorial Hospital

CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Extra money allows volunteer-driven clinics to operate year-round

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

How much do you know about the moon?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, see how well you know space

Most Read