Diagnosed in October 2016, Jina has undergone since several chemotherapy treatments and a surgery. She has been fighting the disease fearlessly, but it doesnt want to recede.
Jina is not giving up hope: she is following a strict diet, looking for second opinion and alternative ways of treatment.
Jina is as active as ever, running the Wood Buffalo Chess Club, organizing tournaments and looking after club's day to day activities.
It is during this past year that, being affected by the disease, Jina managed to collect funds , involve volunteers and local businesses to nearly complete the development of the Wood Buffalo Community Chess Park. It was an ambitious project and Jina knocked countless doors reaching out to community and authorities so that everyone in the community could enjoy .
I could only truly understand the value of having a Chess Club in a community when we moved out of town to another community. We wanted our kids to play chess and get the opportunity to meet other children, but there was no such place where we could go. Several schools have their own chess clubs and they organize tournaments, but if you are not in a school that has a club, you are pretty much left out.
What Jina did and is still doing for Wood Buffalo community is enormous. In fact, it is offering youth a healthy alternative to spending hours and hours in front of gadgets, that cannot substitute face to face interaction, fellowship and teamwork.
Jina would go above and beyond to support our community. She would knock all doors and not take "No" for an answer. She is extremely persistent, dedicated and passionate about our community.
At the same time, just as much as she would advocate for the Chess Club and volunteer initiatives, she would never ask for herself and her own health.
A group of Jina's friends and supporters came together to raise funds to collect money for all the extra expenses and burdens that the disease put on Jina and her family (Jina lives with her son, attending high school and retired husband). We are creating a fund to finance alternative treatment costs for Jina. We strongly believe she can overcome!
We are kindly asking the community to give back to a lady who put her heart and soul into Wood Buffalo.
Together, we can!!!
This comes with an update that we had an amazing Jina Strong! Fundraiser on February 10th at the Royal Canadian Legion.
Thanks to everyone's involvement, participation and extreme generosity we have collected an extra $12,126 dollars.
Added to the current gofundme amount we are almost there! Thank you, amazing supporters!
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- Alanna Bottrell
- Mary Gerosa
- Mhawukelwa Sibanda
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