Six-year-old Myra Whalen
is a spunky, active little girl who brightens the lives of everyone she meets. She was recently accepted to a competitive swimming team, and she had just learned how to play the piano and ride a bike without training wheels when her life was flipped upside down. In late September, Myra caught a virus and subsequently developed Guillain-Barré Syndrome
(GBS), a rare autoimmune disorder which attacks the nervous system. Currently being treated in acute care at the Stollery Children's Hospital, Myra remains immobilized with impaired speech as a result of the disorder. While her family is optimistic that she will once again be able to do the things she loves, her road to recovery will be a long one. Myra will require extensive physiotherapy to learn how to walk again, and may need speech therapy once she leaves the hospital
. Her parents have taken an indefinite leave from work in order to focus on her treatment, but there are still bills to be paid. Furthermore, Myra has a 3-year-old sister who needs to be cared for as well. Myra's aunt has created this fundraiser in order to relieve some of the financial burden on her parents as they embark on this long journey together.Every contribution helps
, whether it is $5 or $500. Your generosity and kindness are so appreciated during this difficult period.
Note: All of the funds raised go directly to Tyler Whalen (Myra's father and the beneficiary of this campaign).