Letter from the Executive Director

Sara Dubois PhillipsThe slowest moving clocks are located in hospital waiting rooms when a child is having surgery. Shanna knows this all too well.Her son Daleel recently had her watching that clock as he underwent hip surgery, at just 15 months old, to treat his hip dysplasia. The worry and stress of having your child under anesthetic is exhausting.  It takes a lot of energy to push away thoughts of the worst happening. Sadly, these emotions have been commonplace for Shanna since Daleel was born. The beautiful boy is just one and a half years old. Shortly after birth Daleel was diagnosed with CHARGE syndrome. The serious and rare genetic condition affects Daleel’s sight, hearing, and causes mobility problems. Shanna has been warned it will result in multiple surgeries and hospital stays.

The mother of four, Shanna, tries to be optimistic of Daleel’s future and the family is working together to tackle the syndrome head on. Days are filled with hospital visits, specialist appointments and physiotherapists in the hopes that Daleel will be able to hold up his own head, sit, stand, crawl, or walk independently. Daleel and his family need more people on their team to overcome these challenges and this is where CKNW Orphans’ Fund and YOU can help.

Following the hip surgery Daleel required a specialized car seat to accommodate his growth, and to Daleel - Webbetter suit his needs and recovery. Unfortunately, the $1600 needed for this piece of crucial equipment was far out of budget for the young family.

“With the customized equipment, Daleel is well positioned while eating and supported when he is on the ground playing with toys – it has changed his life and has made mine so much easier.”

Please make a gift today to ensure Daleel and children like him can access the equipment, therapies, and programs crucial to their development. Your gift helps the CKNW Orphans’ Fund support as many children as possible throughout the year.

Giving is easy. A monthly gift ensures that we are able to provide continuous support to those in need. Please consider becoming a monthly donor or send your annual gift today.  Make your gift for brave children by December 1, 2017 and be entered to win a 7-night Alaskan Cruise for two aboard a five-star Holland America Line Vessel sailing from Vancouver, generously donated by Hagen’s Travel. Please download and complete the form below and return it with your donation.  If you prefer, you can also make your gift on our donate page (donations over $20.00 will receive a tax receipt).

CKNW Orphans’ Fund is a lifeline for families with extraordinary care needs. In 2016, your donations ensured that the CKNW Orphans’ Fund was able to meet the grant requests of over 240 individual children, and support 56 community programs. We cannot continue our work without your help.

Thank you in advance for your donation and being a source of relief for Daleel and so many B.C. children.


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Sara Dubois-Phillips
Executive Director
CKNW Orphans’ Fund


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