In May of this past year, our worst fears were confirmed when our dad, Dennis, aka the Handsome Prince (HP), was diagnosed with ALS. In just a few short months we have watched the muscles in his body deteriorate. He has lost the ability to walk, drive, write, bathe, dress himself, hug, and recently, feed himself.
When Dad was first diagnosed, he created his own acronym for ALS - Alive and Living Strong. He continues to do this day to day as best he can. Regardless of his struggles his spirit continues to push on.
The ALS Society of BC has been an incredible support in our Dad's journey. They have provided him with the much-needed equipment he has in his home in order for him to live comfortably, as he battles this disease. With the help of two caregivers, Dad can get in and out of his hospital bed with a lift. He has also been provided a wheelchair and walker and will be receiving another lift shortly to assist with living on the main floor. Without the ALS Society of BC he would not have the required equipment he needs in his home. We are eternally grateful for the equipment and the support from staff, in helping our family navigate this disease.
Dad always raised us to serve our communities in any way we could. If we couldn't donate money, he encouraged us to donate time. It was something he instilled in his three daughters from an early age. One thing we know he will miss out on this year is the ability to participate in any acts of charity. His heart is big, and even though he is going through incredible changes, he still always puts the wellbeing and feelings of others first.
It hasn't been an easy road. We have good days and we have bad days. One thing we do know is that he is surrounded by people who love him. We don't know how much time we have left together so we value every moment and memory we are still able to create.
Please help us in letting our Dad make one last meaningful act of charity, to help others who are battling ALS.
Thank you for your support, your love, well wishes and generosity.
~Lauren, Brittany and Jayne
All funds raised will go directly to the ALS Society of BC that provides families, suffering from ALS, with the much-needed support they need. This comes in many forms; equipment, counselling services, occupational therapy, support groups, all free for patients.
More information about ALS Society of BC: The ALS Society of BC is dedicated to providing direct support to ALS patients, along with their families and caregivers, to ensure the best quality of life possible while living with ALS. Through assisting research, we are committed to finding the cause of, and cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).