After 25 years of living with increasing pain, fatigue, and a complex disability, Madeline’s run her debt as far as it will go, she’s facing a painful deterioration, and sadly could even suffer an untimely death.
More about Madeline: she is a fighter, has a huge heart, and has been deeply involved in her community. One of the things she is most proud of is her extensive, valuable volunteer work. Although she can’t share her gifts currently, we know her as a bright and joyful star who has always given so much to others.
She has lived with this debilitating condition for 25 years and has found solutions even when there appeared to be no hope. She has survived with too little for a very long time. And while she has had to be tough for many years, she fully deserves more support.
Madeline faces major “crashes” that can land her in the emergency room and leave her lingering on edge for weeks. These “crashes” are becoming more frequent and Madeline’s health is declining as her access to funds is simultaneously depleted.
Madeline lives in poverty. She faces daily decisions about what drugs and treatments she can afford. The tragic story about this once vibrant Vancouver woman broke some months ago in a news article that we have shared below.
Privacy is important: We are Madeline’s friends and closest allies, asking for your help, while expressly committing to protect Madeline’s anonymity. Like many people with disabilities, she has been afraid and ashamed to ask for help. She's also been advised by her medical team that public attention could compromise her fragile health further. There are a number of us on her team, and as a team, we have been working together to support her, move her case forward with Government bodies and share her story.
Urgency: Without funds, Madeline won’t make it beyond this Christmas. She needs at least $50,000 each year to manage her current state of illness and some of the simple things in life that she can’t afford and aren’t provided. Her doctors and naturopaths believe that her health could gradually improve with consistent treatments and the costs could then decline.
We are appealing to you to open your heart and your wallet and help us keep Madeline alive and even improving. We know this campaign is a stop-gap but we must act now while working closely with her health team and the governing bodies that are involved in the multitude of issues faced by people with disabilities.
Here’s how your contributions help!
· $85 covers one pain management session through physiotherapy or massage therapy
· $320 covers one critical naturopathic treatment which Madeline needs at least twice weekly
· $1088 would pay for monthly over the counter medication, pharmacy items and supplements
· Any amount helps with daily living, including housekeeping and nutritious food.
We value every donation, whatever the amount.
Thank you for helping us to help our dear friend.
For those who are uncomfortable with online donations, please feel free to contact team member Liza Rogers for the Vancity account that is collecting donations.
Media coverage and background
Madeline’s story was first shared by Vancouver journalist Ash Kelly in July 2020.
You can read more about some of her health struggles here:
Ash Kelly has also reported on the shortfalls of MSP coverage for people with complex disabilities in British Columbia, which remains a massive barrier for people on disability assistance to access the care they require to live in dignity.
LINK CityNews1130 People with Disabilities
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