By writer to www.wltribune.com
All 10-year-old Raija Paul wished for her birthday was to present again.
Raija launched a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald Home on her 10th birthday final week Tuesday, Oct. 6.
“It introduced me to tears,” mentioned Raija’s grandmother Zena Chelsea.
“Ronald McDonald Home did quite a bit for our household, and for Raija to present again that simply exhibits she appreciates it, and that’s one thing she got here up with herself.”
Raija’s uncle Nicholas (Nick) Paul of the Esk’etemc First Nation south of Williams Lake was identified with leukemia in 2010. For 2 years the household was capable of keep shut by Nick’s facet by means of Ronald McDonald Home as he obtained remedies on the B.C.’s Kids Hospital in Vancouver. Sadly, he handed away on the age of 16 in 2012.
Lower than seven years later, the household would as soon as once more discover themselves at Ronald McDonald Home in January 2019 as Raija’s youngest uncle Tyson Paul nearly misplaced his life to ANCA vasculitis. The uncommon autoimmune illness put him on the transplant listing after rendering his kidneys ineffective.
It was not till this 12 months on Aug. 5 Tyson would obtain a kidney transplant after numerous rounds of hemodialysis.
“We at all times have conversations round how grateful we’re for the additional assist our household has been given as a result of prior to now 10 years we, as a household, needed to keep near B.C. Kids’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald Home has been an enormous a part of our household’s lives,” mentioned Raija’s mom Synthia Paul.
Since 1983, Ronald McDonald Home has offered housing for households needing to journey lengthy distances to obtain specialised care in Vancouver for his or her sick youngster. With out Ronald McDonald Home, Chelsea mentioned they’d have needed to seemingly keep in a resort.
Late Friday, Oct. 9 Tyson would obtain his closing surgical process to take away his hemodialysis catheter earlier than being despatched residence.
By way of her birthday fundraiser Raija hopes to have the ability to sponsor 100 nights of stays. Ronald McDonald Home expenses households a nominal charge of $12 per evening.
As of Oct. 13, Raija has raised $725.
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