Made it to the goal!! WOOO! Thanks SO much to each and every one of you - friends, family, and strangers. Tia has received the cheque! Success!
Right since the inception of this campaign, and all the time it has been running, it amazes me to see people coming together to help as you have. The comments shared here and on Facebook have been heart warming. The world is full of great people and it honestly inspires me beyond anything else. Thank you all again so much for your generosity, I know this has made a huge difference!!!!
Made it to the $2000 benchmark! Thank you everyone! Keep sharing. Almost there! :D
We are almost at $2000! Thank you so much to everyone who has helped along so far. Every donation makes a huge difference!
This is a fund set up for Tia Itterman - a hardworking, high achieving, and aspiring young student & professional.
On Monday, February 19th, her best friend and companion "Bleu" had to go in for emergency surgery. It is with sad news that Bleu passed away just three days later on February 22nd. He was six years old.
What makes Tia's donation fund so special?
Tia is a dedicated member of our community here in Kelowna, volunteering her services and countless hours of her time at several local organizations. Most recently, she joined in a volunteer capacity with Bleu at the University of British Columbia Okanagan with the non-profit "B.A.R.K." program as a therapy support dog for students.
She works a full time job at a doggy-daycare, looking after pets while their owners are away, treating them with the same care and love she would show for her own. She manages all this while still attending university as a full time student (which she has funded by herself).
Since a young age, she has had good sense to save her money, and as a result has recently put her own down-payment on a small house, which she continues to work hard at her job to pay the mortgage every month.
She also has a strong mind for business, and has started (and owns and operates) her own concession food trailer for extra work during the summer months.
It is little surprise to anyone that having an emergency vet bill this large can be a huge setback for any student, at such a critical point in their life.
My plea to anyone who understands the hardship of a situation like this, is to pay it forward to such a passionate and aspiring young girl. Tia gives back more than anyone I know, and always does it with a smile on her face. Bleu was Tia's world and meant everything to her, so it breaks my heart to see that smile taken from her this week.
Please help Tia cover her nearly $3000 vet bills so she can continue to focus on what is important to her and not worry about such an immense financial setback, after such a sudden and heart-rending loss.
- Krystal Luymes
- Shanda Kopp
- Frank E. Lancaster
- Ashlea Earl