Support for the Owchar Family

$128,688 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 1,608 people in 19 months
Amy Ball
on behalf of Kelly Owchar
 Calgary, AB
LOVE4KELLY BENEFIT CONCERT AND
                        SILENT AUCTION
June 21st, 2017 6pm-11pm 
Get your tickets here!
https://www.myshowpass.com/owchar-family-fundraiser/ 

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I update this page. On May 22, 2017 just one short week of
learning of her diagnosis, Kelly lost her battle against breast cancer at the age of 30. 

Some of you might be new to this page and just recently learned of this family.  If so, let me tell you about the Owchars.  Kelly and her husband Dwayne have 3 adorable children together - Eric, 2, and twin daughters, Lauren and Leah, born in March of this year.  After experiencing symptoms of fatigue (what new mom isn't?), a breast lump (which Kelly assumed was a blocked duct from breastfeeding), and occasional abdominal discomfort, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer with liver metastases.  All of this occured while one of the twins was recovering in the ICU at the Children's hospital from a respiratory infection.  Even though the cancer was rapidly spreading throughout her, Kelly didn't let it take over until she knew that her baby girl was okay and back at home with her family. 

It all seems so sudden, unfair, and completely devastating. She fought a very courageous battle, all while putting the needs of her family before hers. But now, more than ever, this family needs our help.
Her husband, parents, sisters and extended family now have the huge responsibility of raising these 3 children - 2 of which are just barely 10 weeks old - while preserving Kelly's memory and battling their own grief.

Kelly was such a beautiful soul - so kind, generous, and always found something to laugh or smile about. Even when faced with the huge challenge of 3 children under 2, she just radiated pride and love about her growing family. She had a huge compassionate heart.  She was so kind, and everyone loved her - you could always strike up a conversation with Kelly, and the topic of conversation usually always came back to her family.

As we move forward in remembering and honoring Kelly, let's get behind this family as they begin this long road of healing. Please consider making a donation - and if you have already donated, please consider donating again.

Kelly bravely wrote about her experiences, thoughts and emotions on a heartwrenching and honest blog post. If you didn't know her, you can get a glimpse into the kind, devoted and caring person she was.  A mother. Wife.  Daughter.  Sister.  Nurse.  Friend. You are encouraged to read all about this amazing family's journey at:

owcharjourney.wordpress.com

Let's try to ease some of their financial burdens so they can focus on learning how to live without Kelly. Any size
donation helps and is much appreciated. Kelly and Dwayne were so grateful for what they have already received, so let's continue to send as much love and support as we can.
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$100,000! We hit our goal - absolutely amazed at everyone's generosity and compassion. Thank you to everyone that has donated - from coworkers, friends, family, and all of the complete strangers that have shown this family the love. My heart is full and the perfect time - right before we honor Kelly and the beautiful person she was.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. It doesn't end here. Let's keep Dwayne and these beautiful children in our hearts and keep sending as much love and support as we can!
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It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I update this page. When it was started, I looked forward to these updates telling everyone of the strength and courage this family has, and how well Kelly is doing with each leg of her journey to recovery.

Unfortunately, that is not the update I get to send out. Please read the story posted of this remarkable family. Dwayne, Eric, Lauren, Leah, and all of Kelly's extended family - you are in our hearts and in our thoughts. Sending much love to you always.
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Just to spread a bit of good news - all the prayers and love and positive thoughts are working... Leah has been discharged from the Children's Hospital and back at home with her family! Way to go Leah! ❤
Let's keep it all going and send all the love to this beautiful mama as she can now focus on her courageous battle.
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Debbie Sidebottom
18 months ago

My daughter passed away Sept 23 of this year giving birth to there 2 child. Although my daughter didn't survive she left behind a 3 year old daughter and her new born daughter and her loving husband. It will be hard but reach out to both sides of the family for help and support. You all need that for support and to help carry on her memory I will hold you all in my prayers

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LaVonne Stubert Ries
18 months ago
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My company would like to donate to the silent auction. Who do I contact?

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Blou Bates
18 months ago
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If the family needs anyone to come change a few diapers or color with the sweet little one I am totally down with that.... prayers to you and your entire family. Please let me know if I can help you in anyway.

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Ruthann Clayton
18 months ago
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I am an artist, and a mom. I am so moved by this, I would like to donate a fine art print, for your event. It is called, 'Love Connects'. Please let me know where to mail it. Thank you.

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Deanna Pearce
18 months ago
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We are a family that had 3 kids under 2 (a boy and twin girls as well). Our kids are now 4 1/2 and 3. If there are other tangible ways we can help, we would like to. Praying for comfort for you all.

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Monica Franey
18 months ago
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In lifes odd mysteries... may you continue to live strongly with the spirit of your wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend. Our sweet angel twins were here only a short time. ♥ ♥

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Linda Farish Kelly
19 months ago
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Dr. Bernie Siegel said in his book "Love Medicine and Miracles" that he hated the word terminal. Everyone is terminal and we are all going to die. That was in 1984 and I too had terminal breast cancer. I am still here and you can be too. Do not EVER GIVE UP!!!!

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Brynn Thornburgh
18 months ago
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I'd like to donate to your event. How can I go about doing that?

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Ambrey Nichols-Puyear
8 months ago

My heart goes to you and your family. Wishing nothing but happy memories and love.

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Debbie Wolkowski
15 months ago
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Continued prayers from the PLC Post Partum family.

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Ron & Colleen Muller
16 months ago
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When my brother Ray and I dropped off donated items to your Moms home. I was moved by the love and sacrifice of your family. You are in our prayers and thoughts.

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Merrilyn Fowler
16 months ago
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Sending prayers that her children grow up hearing stories of their beautiful mother, who is watching them from above.

Debbie Sidebottom
18 months ago

My daughter passed away Sept 23 of this year giving birth to there 2 child. Although my daughter didn't survive she left behind a 3 year old daughter and her new born daughter and her loving husband. It will be hard but reach out to both sides of the family for help and support. You all need that for support and to help carry on her memory I will hold you all in my prayers

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LaVonne Stubert Ries
18 months ago
7
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My company would like to donate to the silent auction. Who do I contact?

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Blou Bates
18 months ago
7
7

If the family needs anyone to come change a few diapers or color with the sweet little one I am totally down with that.... prayers to you and your entire family. Please let me know if I can help you in anyway.

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Ruthann Clayton
18 months ago
3
3

I am an artist, and a mom. I am so moved by this, I would like to donate a fine art print, for your event. It is called, 'Love Connects'. Please let me know where to mail it. Thank you.

+ Read More
Deanna Pearce
18 months ago
3
3

We are a family that had 3 kids under 2 (a boy and twin girls as well). Our kids are now 4 1/2 and 3. If there are other tangible ways we can help, we would like to. Praying for comfort for you all.

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Monica Franey
18 months ago
2
2

In lifes odd mysteries... may you continue to live strongly with the spirit of your wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend. Our sweet angel twins were here only a short time. ♥ ♥

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Linda Farish Kelly
19 months ago
2
2

Dr. Bernie Siegel said in his book "Love Medicine and Miracles" that he hated the word terminal. Everyone is terminal and we are all going to die. That was in 1984 and I too had terminal breast cancer. I am still here and you can be too. Do not EVER GIVE UP!!!!

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Brynn Thornburgh
18 months ago
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I'd like to donate to your event. How can I go about doing that?

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