By Marcia Love
A few bucks tossed into a coffee can may not seem like a lot of money, but it sure adds up when multiple people contribute over a long period of time.
A big thanks is being sent out to the community for bottle refund donations made at Sarcan for local residents who have been receiving treatments for health issues.
Donations to William Francis-Schimpf over the last year have totalled $5,162.33, and donations to Paige Sawchuk have totalled $1,639.70 since the fall.
Julie Opsal arranged to have donation cans set out at the location for the two children who are well-known in the community.
Five-year-old William was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in the spring of 2014. His family has been travelling to the Alberta Children’s Hospital while William undergoes treatments. He will be taking treatments for about two more years, but the most important part of his treatments was in the first seven to eight months of his chemotherapy.
Fourteen-year-old Paige was diagnosed with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis in the fall. The autoimmune disorder attacked her brain, which triggered seizures. She is doing well now, but still has some healing left and minimal appointments with doctors. She has made remarkable progress.
Both William and Paige’s families are very appreciative of the kindness and support they’ve received from the community.
Opsal has now arranged to have donations collected at the recycling centre for Kent Harrigan, a local cowboy who sustained an injury that left him paralyzed in February. He is now receiving treatment at the Wascana Centre in Regina. He is using an electric wheelchair and working hard at physiotherapy. His neck brace is off.
Harrigan’s family is thankful for the support and thoughtfulness of the community as he continues his recovery.
Donations are gratefully accepted at Sarcan Maple Creek.