Fund Diane - Calling all Angels

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Raised by 9 people in 11 months

Help give Diane her life back...

In January of this year, Diane had a 9.5 pound tumour removed from her abdomen. The team of surgeons also removed the main artery in her right leg and replaced it with donor veins from her left arm and leg. They also shaved off part of her bladder and used other tissue to rebuild her abdomen… All of this was caused by a very rare form of carcinoma.

Five days after being released from the hospital into assisted care living (June 2017), Diane fell and broke her ‘bad’ leg so severely that a bone specialist was required to perform the complicated surgery. She has been either in the hospital or rehabilitation care ever since.

Due to the cancer, trauma to her body and surgery, Diane now suffers from severe lymphodema—a condition that she will have to endure for the rest of her life. The lymphatic fluid is a protein rich fluid that is causing her immense pain and discomfort. Left untreated, it will calcify around her body’s joints, rendering them immobile.

The lymphodema has reached such an extreme level that she is no longer able to lift her own legs due to their excessive weight. She is VERY uncomfortable and is showing signs of calcification in her joints.

There is treatment! She can get the lymphodema under control with lymphatic massage therapy and compression garments. Once the lymphodema is under control, it can be maintained with specialized medical equipment using pneumatic compression therapy. The quote for the equipment alone is $10,300. The compression wrap and lymphatic therapy costs are thousands more.

Fundraising is our last resort. We've looked high and low for emergency funding to help Diane--there is nothing available. 

Diane is only sixty-four years old and has a small disability pension. Due to her lengthy medical journey, all financial reserves are long gone. She has a daughter who is a single mother, and grandchildren that really need her. With treatment, Diane can still have a good quality of life in assisted care living.

Without treatment, the lymphodema will cripple Diane and destroy her life. 

Only a month ago, Diane was walking. She was doing well in rehabilitation care and was successfully rebuilding her strength.

This treatment and medical equipment is critical to her health and wellbeing and is the ONLY way she will be able to return home.

Please help us give Diane her life back... She desperately needs this treatment, now! The fluid build-up is so severe... I'm afraid for my friend. We really are calling all Angels... For funding, and for prayers.


About Me

My name is Kelly Hewkin and I live in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. I met Diane Raphael years ago at a workshop in Vancouver. We became fast friends and have been soul-sisters ever since. We've laughed and cried and have shared many adventures together.

In May of 2017, Diane and I were talking on the phone, and in the quietest voice, she said "I need help". I quickly became aware of the depth of her situation and just desperate it had become. She truly needed help in every area of her life. 

About This Fundraiser
During surgery, many of Diane's lymph nodes have been removed making it difficult for her body to expel excess fluid. She has gone from a size 12/14 to a size 20/22. It is uncomfortable, painful and creates many other complications--and, left untreated, it WILL cripple her permanently. To make it even worse, she is left vulnerable to secondary infections at all times.

The 'Calling All Angels' fundraiser is being used to raise funds to provide Diane with the medical treatment and equipment needed to treat her lymphedema as follows:

1.  Lymphatic massage by qualified professionally trained therapists at $1,500 per week (includes GST)

2.  Compression garments as determined by a specialist, approx. $3,000 (quote is coming)

3.  Pneumatic compression equipment at $10,300

4.  Ongoing manual lymphatic massage 

Banking and Bookkeeping
The funds gifted to Diane in this fundraiser are transferred to a bank account that has been opened solely for this purpose. Payments for massage and medical equipment are made by eTransfer or credit card. All donations and expenses in and out of this account are recorded in a QuickBooks accounting program. This account is reconcilled monthly. 

Photo: Diane and Scooby-doo (three days before she broke her 'bad' leg)

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Diane Raphael and I have been soul-sisters since her granddaughters were in diapers. We've laughed, cried and shared many adventures together. I began the "Calling All Angels" fundraising campaign to help Diane get the medical treatment and equipment that she desperately needs IN ORDER TO GET HER LIFE BACK.

December 8th to 11th, 2017
I travelled by ferry from Nanaimo to Vancouver and spent every waking moment with Diane. The $ I saved by car camping will help me pay for future ferry and travel costs so I can be there when Diane needs me.

One morning, I asked Diane if she had been 'praying that I was warm'. She laughed and said that she had. I had been so hot that I had to hang my bare feet out--and even though there was ice on the windshield and my feet were completely uncovered, I was still warm--even my feet! I did ask Diane if she could amend her prayer from "warm" to "comfortable".

For me, car camping is an adventure. The curtains give me privacy. I was warm and cozy and snuggled under the blankets with Scooby-Doo (my very cute dog). It gave me time to TRY and process all of the emotions around Diane and her current situation.

I look forward to seeing Diane again soon and trying car camping again in late December/early January!

If you are able, please donate and/or share Diane's story--she needs the medical treatment and equipment NOW--the situation is becoming critical.

Would you do it?
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Please DONATE or SHARE to help give Diane her life back... On Tuesday, December 12th, 2017, Diane was measured for compression garments--some will be 'standard' while others must be custom made--at a cost of approximately $3,000.00. As soon as we have the garments, the life-giving lymphatic massage can begin ($1,500.00 per week).
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Diane's lymphatic condition was officially assessed by the Cedar Hills Lymphatic & Massage Therapy clinic, located in Surrey, BC. It is recommended that Diane undergo intense therapy for the next four to six weeks, at the cost of $1,500 per week.

In order to get the lymphodema under control, Diane needs to be wrapped in custom compression garments after each session.

A qualified compression garment fitter will be visiting Diane either Tuesday or Wednesday. And, the costs are more than the $2,000 we had anticipated.

Please help... If you know Diane personally, or know someone who is part of Diane's 'care team', please let your FaceBook friends & family (and contacts) know that Diane's situation is real--and there is great urgency. A few words from you about Diane or the situation may help others feel more confident in donating to Diane's fund.

The Reason For Urgency
Diane can only stay one month longer at the Morgan Place rehabilitation facility in Surrey--so the lymphodema MUST be under control by then. If not, she will lose her home in assisted care living... She's just not ready for the alternative--she's only sixty-four.
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