Who has worked in the hospitality industry for over 40 years. After undergoing a mastectomy due to breast cancer, she encountered the additional difficulty of a post-op infection. The BCHF helped cover her basic expenses such as food, rent, and medical equipment until she could return to work.
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In the hospitality industry on Vancouver Island. The BCHF helped cover his living costs for a six-week recovery period following a surgical procedure.
At a Vancouver hotel whose pre-teen daughter was diagnosed with an ovarian tumour. She needed to take time off to help her daughter undergo surgery as well as treatment for a subsequent neurological disorder. The BCHF helped cover basic expenses during her time off.
For over 20 years until laid off in January of 2019. His long-term health condition makes it particularly difficult for him to adapt to changing circumstances. The BCHF helped cover his medication costs and rent for a 2-month period.
In a Vancouver hotel who saw 5 different doctors before she was correctly diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder that causes facial paralysis, among other problems. The combined cost of medications, specialized therapy to help her facial nerves and muscles recover, physiotherapy, optometrist appointments, and acupuncture left her in financial crisis. The BCHF helped with funding to cover 6 weeks of acupuncture treatments and part of her rent.
Diagnosed with breast cancer about 3 weeks after returning to work when her maternity leave ended. At the same time, she and her husband were also evicted from their subsidized rental unit because their landlord wanted to move back in. Her husband was working as a chef 12 hours a day, 5-6 days a week to make ends meet and taking her to appointments in Vancouver on his days off. The BCHF matched money raised at a fundraiser to help the couple cover living and child care expenses while she underwent treatment consisting of 12 weeks of chemotherapy followed by radiation therapy and surgery.
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Who was diagnosed with lung cancer. She needed to stay in Kelowna in order to undergo an extended course of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. The BCHF helped cover the cost of travel and accommodation costs for 5 weeks, as well as contributing to the cost of basic living expenses for 2 months.
Whose income was drastically affected by COVID-related closures. The serious shoulder injury he sustained during a running accident in July 2021 prevented him from working for six weeks and added physiotherapy treatments to his expenses. The BCHF supported him with funds to ease the financial pressures he was under so he could focus on recovering and applying for second part-time jobs to increase his income.
With a genetic form of MS. He worked at a local brewery until he was laid off due to the COVID pandemic. After his government benefits ran out, the BCHF paid for a machine to help him with his sleep apnea.
Who published a hospitality-related magazine until he passed away quite suddenly due to cancer. The BCHF supported the spouse and the couple’s two children with funds to help cover their immediate needs, to give them a chance to deal with the emotional and financial shock of their loss.