Power of Good

Welcome to a host of heartfelt community stories, and be introduced to countless private individuals and organizations and the great work they do. The ‘Power of Good’ showcases stories from around the province that have been published in print and online media. See the positive and uplifting contributions individuals and organizations have made to make their communities a better place to live, work and play.

Variety Show of Hearts telethon helps North Delta family

By on February 11, 2017

Logyn Booth’s mother wouldn’t be able to afford treatment for his kidney disease were it not for the funds raised through Variety’s Show of Hearts Telethon. — image credit: Kirstin Hedberg

By Rosemary Newton – North Delta Reporter

North Delta resident Kirstin Hedberg describes her six-year-old son Logyn Booth as having the spirit of a warrior.

The Grade 1 student first became sick when he was two years old. After invasive testing and several long hospital stays, the toddler was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a kidney disease. Logyn is currently on a waitlist for a kidney transplant, but his disease is lifelong.

“In a nutshell, his kidneys spill all the proteins off into themselves and scar themselves so they stop working,” Hedberg said.

Logyn’s condition affects his ability to eat.

“His hormones are a little different so his body doesn’t say I’m hungry the way yours or mine does.”

He must be formula fed three times a day. Feeding supplies range from $400 to $600 a month. In addition, gastrostomy tubes, through which the formula is delivered directly into Logyn’s stomach, costs about $400 five times a year.

That’s where the Variety Children’s Charity steps in to help cover the cost.

Hedberg, a single mother of three, calls the funding a blessing.

“They’ve been instrumental in helping me keep my little man on the planet,” she said. “It’s a lot of help. It’s a necessity of life, but I wasn’t able to provide it for him.”

Through Variety, the family has also taken part in family fun days.

“We’ve gotten to meet other families that understand and are going through similar things,” she said. “Unless you live it, you don’t really know it.”

Currently, Logyn is on hemodialysis, meaning he needs a machine to filter waste, salt and fluid from his blood four days a week. The procedure can only be done at B.C. Children’s Hospital, and as a result he is only able to attend school two days a week and is otherwise visited by a teacher in hospital.

Though he misses class, his mom said he maintains a sunny outlook.

“He is an amazing little young man. I call him my kidney warrior. You would never know to look at him that he is as sick as he is underneath his skin because he’s always got a smile on his face,” she said. ”People say, ‘How do you stay positive and strong?’ And I say, ‘Well, I follow his lead.’”

Variety B.C. Chief Executive Officer Kristy Gill said the charity aims “to inspire donors to help all children who have special needs in B.C. and the Yukon to fulfill their potential, so they can focus on the important things, like being kids.”

This year’s Variety Show of Hearts Telethon will take place on Feb. 12, airing on Global BC and online at globalnews.ca from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the annual broadcast fund organizations like BC Children’s Hospital, Canuck Place and neonatal intensive care units across the province, and directly supports hundreds of families and children with special needs.

Donations can be made online at variety.bc.ca, by phone (toll-free) at 310-KIDS, or by texting “KIDS” to 45678 to make an automatic $20 contribution.

Our Place chefs in Victoria rise to the challenge in fundraiser

By on February 11, 2017

 By Kendra Wong – Victoria News Serving dinner for 500 people may seen daunting to some, but for Erica Tiedemann, it’s a welcome challenge. Every Monday to Friday, the 27-year-old Victoria chef rolls up her sleeves in the Our Place

Dozens ‘adopt’ grandparents for Christmas in Comox Valley

By on January 4, 2017

The Comox Valley community embraced Breanna Brosko’s Adopt A Grandparent initiative, and because of it, dozens of local seniors at two area nursing homes were smiling a little brighter this Christmas. Last month, Brosko erected a Christmas tree at the

Animal rescuers benefit from Langley girl’s kindness

By on December 30, 2016

What did Clare Reimer get for her 10th birthday? One bucket of specialized formula for newborn animals and 10,000 meal worms. The Grade 5 student from R.C. Garnett Demonstration Elementary decided –  for the fifth year running – to forgo

South Surrey-White Rock breakfast program helps ease stress

By on December 30, 2016

By  Alex Browne – Peace Arch News One of the great local successes of the White Rock Rotary Club in the past few years isn’t a bricks and mortar building or a monument set in stone. Its importance to the

Santa trades in sleigh for helicopter to visit young Nanaimo patients

By on December 21, 2016

Three-month-old Jace Cahill goes face to face for the first time with Santa during his stay at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Santa made a surprise visit to the children’s ward Tuesday to spread a little holiday cheer to young patients

Courtenay senior knits mitts for children in need

By on December 21, 2016

Jean Henderson has knitted 50 pairs of children’s mitts for those in need. — image credit: PHOTO BY ERIN HALUSCHAK By  Erin Haluschak – Comox Valley Record Little hands in the Comox Valley will be a bit warmer, thanks to Jean

Festival of Trees helping sick children around Vancouver Island

By on December 13, 2016

Trees from last year’s Festival of Trees at the Bay Centre. This year, the event is celebrating 25 years in Victoria with the goal of raising $200,000 to support B.C. Children’s Hospital. — image credit: Victoria News file photo   by 

Celebrity Christmas Food and Toy drive in Langley benefits victims of abuse

By on December 13, 2016

Morgan van Linge (right) and Rachel Last (centre) of Langley were thrilled to meet Graham Wardle, star of the CBC television show Heartland, during last year’s celebrity food and toy drive, organized by Langley’s Andy Bhatti. This year’s event takes