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William The Conqueror

$12,840 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 122 people in 4 months
Created April 6, 2019
Where There's A Will There's a Way
on behalf of Karen Salhany
William (Bill) is a retired RCMP officer who gave 23 years of RCMP service at Vancouver International Airport Detachment. A husband of 40 years (married to Karen). A father to two daughters. A Papa to three granddaughters and a grandson. He is a brother. A brother-in-law, a son-in-law, an uncle  and a friend to many.

He is a hero. His career with the RCMP made him a hero but then he was OUR hero...as Daddy's often are to their little girls. He is my Mom's (Karen) everything. And watching him battle for his life over these past 9 months has only made us love and admire him even more- if that were even possible.

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On the morning of July 5th, 2018, my Dad William's life was forever changed. Dad went in for a routine triple bypass heart surgery and somehow emerged a quadriplegic. He woke up and realized that he couldn't move his arms or legs and the doctors and nurses began to try to figure out what was going on. Dad was taken in for an MRI where they found a C4-5 disc herniation with spinal fluid leaking into the spinal column. He was then rushed in for emergency spinal surgery where they removed the disc and fused a spacer to his vertebrae. Dad's life would never be the same. 


In the weeks and months that followed, Dad was forced to try to recover from a triple bypass and spinal surgery, while coming to terms with his new diagnosis as a C4-5 incomplete quadriplegic. He ended up receiving a tracheostomy and he required a ventilator to breathe. He ended up battling pnemonia twice, which resulted in a few code blues called while he struggled for oxygen, as the pnemonia and paralysis took its toll. On top of this, Dad suffered numerous life-threatening stomach bleeds which required yet more emergency surgeries and blood transfusions.
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There were times when the doctors told us they didn't know if he was going to make it; that his kidneys were shutting down, that he may need the tracheostomy the rest of his life, that he may never get to eat actual food again. But against all odds, Dad fought back and proved them wrong over and over again.

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Dad kept up his fight and made it from Royal Columbian Hospital to GF Strong where he has been in rehabilitation for the past 4 months. The time has come where he must face these new life challenges the best that he can. Mom and Dad were forced to sell their 3 level home and buy a condo that would suit the accessibility and needs of a quadriplegic.

Most people who have suffered the tragedy of a spinal cord injury have a claim through WCB or ICBC, where monetary assistance is a given. Dad's injury does not fall under either of those categories, and therefore the sole monetary burden has fallen directly on Mom and Dad.

While medical does partially cover the cost of some things, the costs are unyielding and ever-growing. Dad requires a power wheelchair, overhead lift and slings, hospital bed, commode, mattress, CPAP machine and mask, not to mention the accessibility renovations to their condo, newer tech items to help Dad in his independence, and a vehicle that dad can be transported in. The $50,000 goal is merely a jumping off point, as we anticipate the associated costs to be at least three times that, as there is still home nurse costs to think about, among other things.

Please, if you can find it in your hearts to help take the weight of this burden off of Dad and Mom we would be forever grateful. Please help us get Dad the basic living essentials he needs in order to begin to rebuild a life reminiscent of the life he has lived. Together with your support we can get Dad home to Mom where they can learn to live this new life together. Thank you!

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38306002_1555372816432812_r.jpegDaddy and his girls.
38306002_1555372852723707_r.jpegThe family.
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38306002_1555372953395983_r.jpegOUR HERO. 

To follow the journey of William the Conqueror, please join us on his Facebook group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/724515637922934/
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So...this happened today! Dad got his own wheelchair. The chair cost $32,000 of which $11,000 was out-of-pocket. Thanks to your generous donations, we could make this happen. This chair is equipped with all of Dad's needs and is his very own. My Dad and the entire family wish to sincerely thank everyone for helping us get Dad his new ride. We are beyond grateful.
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Wow. Just when we thought the donations had come to an end (all of which we are SO GRATEFUL for), suddenly a fresh surge of donations have come pouring in. Thank you so very much from the bottom of our hearts. Mom and Dad and the entire Salhany family wish to extend our sincere gratitude to each and every one of you.

Dad could finally be receiving his wheelchair next week. We are consulting with people on needed home renovations and equipment suppliers. It is a slow process but we WILL get my Dad home where he belongs and you have all helped to make this a reality one day. Amidst this extremely difficult journey, we remain so very blessed. Thank you.

I cannot respond to individuals who comment on this page, I can only "like" the comment. If you wish to engage with my Dad or his family please join his Facebook group (the link is at the bottom of this Go Fund Me Page.) To the person who offered a wheelchair- thank you so much for your kindness but it won't work for Dad's needs. However, your kind gesture is much appreciated.

Thank you ALL again for every single dollar you have all donated.

Much love to you all from my Dad and his entire family.
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We would sincerely love to thank every single one of you who have so kindly donated to my Dad's cause. Wow. The amount of support is absolutely incredible. Thanks to your generous donations we are in the midst of planning for purchasing his wheelchair as well as looking into a used wheelchair accesible van.

THANK YOU. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Here is a pic of Dad last week. We rented a van to get him out of the hospital for the day- his first time since last July, besides local outings. We are looking forward to being able to get him out more often.
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First of all, Happy Easter everyone!

On behalf of our entire family to yours we wish you a fantastic holiday weekend.

Second of all, we wish to express our sincere gratitude for your generous donations. Saying thank you just doesn't seem to suffice. Our family is in the midst of yet more major changes as we have moved Dad to Pearson Center assisted living and next weekend we move Mom into her new condo...where we are aiming to have Dad join her once everything is ready for him and he has come a bit further in recovery. Your donations will help us get Dad set up to one day meet this goal.

Times are hard. But thanks to all of this support and love, we will keep marching forward with our army at our backs.

Much love to each and every one of you.
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Raised by 122 people in 4 months
Created April 6, 2019
Where There's A Will There's a Way
on behalf of Karen Salhany
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