Dear Village of Lions Bay,
It seems a life-time ago (March 4th) that five year old Jasmine was rushed into Children’s with suspected Meningitis, which turned out to be a brain tumour the size of a golf ball, situated between the brain stem and the spine. Surgery was carried out in less than 24 hours. The tumour was a stage 3 cancer.
I cannot praise enough the professionals and staff at Children’s Hospital.
Jasmine’s medical team then had to decide how best to continue her treatment. The radiation treatment available in Canada was not an option for a child Jasmine’s age. The Doctors at Children’s advised the family that Proton therapy (a more directed and precise radiation therapy) would be necessary but that the equipment for this treatment was not available in Canada. Jasmine would have to go to Boston, immediately.
The family was advised that M.S.P. would cover the Proton treatment, but would not cover ancillary procedures such as CT scans, MRI’s, Lab Tests, Pathology reports, Doctor’s and Nurse’s, anesthetics, etc.
Jasmine’s daily (5 days per week) Proton treatment began April 16th. She is scheduled to have between 30 and 33 treatments. At the time of writing her Mother advises Jasmine is coping very well but beginning to show signs of tiredness and reduced appetite. In the event treatment can proceed as scheduled, Lisa, with Jasmine and 8 year old brother Finnlay are due to fly back to Vancouver May 31st where Dad Rick Blake, no doubt will be waiting with outstretched arms.
The Blake family cannot thank enough the Lions Bay community for your overwhelming support and generosity during this stressful period.
Lions Bay’s Fundraising Auction on Friday April 20th was an amazing success. Sue and Albert’s lovely home was the perfect venue although I’m afraid we did rather re-organise everything! The ladies in the kitchen did wonders with the food. Albert was Sommelier Supremo! Sue was 50/50 Suprema. The Lions Bay Community donations included Opera Tickets, Whistler accommodations, Delicious Baking, Wine, Art, Boating trips and many other fabulous items.
John Dudley our maestro Auctioneer was poetry in motion. Thank you Sally Pollock and all those who made the evening such a success!
And then there were the Spinners !! 19 in total were invited by Carmen Dickinson to “spin for a $1 a minute for Jasmine”, with a goal of 90 minutes !! The Dickinsons, who also took part in this challenge, pledged to match the funds pledged. $3,675.00 was raised. Amazing! Thank you ladies and gentlemen.
As of May 2nd, the Community of Lions Bay has raised $25,000.00 !!
To all those people I’ve not been able to thank personally, a very heart felt thank you. I believe with Lions Bay’s support, plus the ongoing support of the Squamish Community and our families and friends, that we will achieve our goal to pay for Jasmine’s medical expenses while in Boston.
Please mark Sunday May 26th on your calendars now. More updates can be obtained here or through the Art Council website: Link to Lions Bay Art Council website