FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society gave a big boost to the family of a 4 year-old girl currently undergoing cancer treatment in Vancouver.
In early December, 4 year-old Natalie Small was admitted to the ICU at B.C. Children’s Hospital after a lump was found on her kidneys during a visit to the doctor’s office. The 4 year-old was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma while at B.C. Children’s later that month.
A GoFundMe campaign was set up to help with the family’s expenses in travelling to and from Vancouver while Natalie underwent treatment, but as of February 26th has only raised just over $11,000 of its $20,000 goal. In December, the Firefighters Charitable Society also made a donation to Natalie’s family. The Society was set up by firefighters in Fort St. John last year to help locals with travel expenses for medical treatments received out-of-town
Society President Adam Wynn said that he had noticed earlier this month that donations to the GoFundMe campaign had stalled. Wynn explained that the Society decided to match donations from the public to help the girl’s family after getting a receiving a sizeable donation in January.
Nearly two weeks ago, the Firefighters Charity announced that it would match donations up to $5,000, but Wynn said that the response from the community was so great that the Society was able to raise a total of $17,000 for the Small family. On Saturday, the Firefighters presented the $17,000 cheque to Natalie’s mother Deanne, with the money going toward’s the girl’s treatment medication and to the family’s living costs while in Vancouver.
Wynn added that the Firefighters Charitable Society is incredibly thankful for the positive response from area residents in support of their fundraising effort. The Society will be hosting a fundraising event later this Spring.