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December 2015

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Since the premature birth of their son, Emmitt in January 2012, Ashley has been through one crisis after another.  She spent 24 hours a day caring for Emmitt, sacrificing herself completely for him until he passed away in September 2013.  While still dealing with the grief of losing Emmitt, Ashley was having an exploratory surgery in March 2014 with the hopes of having another child when she found out she had ovarian cancer.  If not for that surgery, we may never have found out soon enough to do anything about it.  It was a hard time for our family.  Over the next 1 ½ years, Ashley was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and has had 10 surgeries (and at least two more to go) dealing with the ovarian cancer and breast cancer.  Through all of that, she has refused to stop being there for her family.  Most people wouldn’t be aware how sick she was.

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November 2015

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Harry was nominated by both his grandchildren. “My grandparents raised me and my sister, I don’t know where we would be without them.  My grandfather has been a dedicated and involved member of society for many years. Recently we found out he has stage 4 lung cancer, prostate cancer and pelvic cancer. Grandpa doesn’t have much time – doctors are giving him until January to live. He now cannot work which means the bills are falling behind as well as the upkeep on their house. He will literally give someone the shirt off his back even if it means he will go cold or hungry. On multiple occasions they have allowed complete strangers to live with them just because that person needed the help and someone to believe in them.  All we want is for my grandpa to be happy. We were informed that the doctors will not be doing any radiation or chemo to help him get better. I have never seen my grandpa cry but that day was the first day I did and will be a day I can never forget. It hasn’t been easy seeing someone we love so dearly have their whole life taken away from them in the blink of an eye. Please help my grandpa he’s the only one I have and I would be lost without him and I feel helpless that I can’t do more for them.  Please give this man the smile he truly needs right now.”

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October 2015

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Charlett was nominated by a coworker  – Karen.  Charlett is well-known in the Airdrie Community for her social work and generous spirit. In recent months, Charlett was diagnosed with breast cancer and has had to go on medical leave as a result. Struggling on a significantly reduced income and increased expenses for medical needs and travel etc. Charlett is struggling to manage with so many health and financial issues and would greatly appreciate any form of assistance.

Another staff person tells me that all her life she’s done nothing but help other people and now she is in the position where she needs to receive it, but because of the way the system is set up there’s not a lot of support for people in her position (The way the EI system is – critical illness – is short benefit period).

“There’s not a lot of support from family – she’s completely on her own.” Charlett is expected to be discharged in a few days.

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September 2015

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Ida and Darrell Rowat were nominated by their niece Katy who hear about the program from one of our sponsors. Katy felt that Ida and Darrell could use some happiness in life right now – and went on to say that “honestly their whole family could use some.” Katy states: “our lives were turned upside down last December when Darrell was diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumor.  Darrell worked up until two weeks prior to his brain surgery (despite the tremendous pain he was in – also lost some hearing and vision). In early July, Darrell went in to have the tumor removed.  They doctors only removed 60% of the tumor as it would compromise too much of his brain to remove the entire tumor.

Darrell suffered a stroke during the surgery – his left side was left paralyzed (he also had pneumonia for a week).  Ida lived at the hospital (only going home for a few hours to shower). Darrell needs to be in hospital for 2 months. “It’s hard to see a man who is so used to taking care of everyone else, laying in a hospital bed so helplessly. Through all of this pain, we still have a lot to be thankful for: he is still here with us today, and you really see the love that other people hold for each other in times like this.”

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August 2015

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Wendy was nominated by friends. She is a single mom with two young daughters. Her ex-husband physically and verbally abused her and now she is divorced. Unfortunately , her husband does not pay child support and due to the nature of his job, there is no option to garnishee wages.  Wendy struggles to make ends meet – she works hard – leaves for work every day at 5 am and returns at 4 pm. She has fallen behind on condo fees and bills. The kids beds were broken and in need of repair or replacement. Wendy  is a good person who has fallen on hard times – she is an active community volunteer.

Listen here for the live radio broadcast of this month’s program.  Keep in mind, that we kept details to a minimum in order to protect Wendy and her family.

 

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July 2015

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Laura is one incredible mom.  She’s been working two jobs for years in order to look after her kids and help them move onto post secondary education.  She’s about to become an empty nester as her two kids are getting ready to move and Bonnie thought she sure could use a lift to the spirit.  Bonnie is this month’s Airdrie Angel and says that Laura’s an “inspiration to youth” and has “never seen someone who will help anyone”. Thank you Laura for being a great mom and being proud to call Airdrie home.

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June 2015

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Strength, courage, determination – that’s how I would describe Tracy, the June recipient of the Airdrie Angel Program.  Tracy was nominated by her Counsellor at Community Links.  She has been through a ‘severe relationship and health issues over the past year and could really use a boost for herself and her family.’  She has worked hard to find housing for herself and her children (13, 10 and 3) while enduring the ravages of chemotherapy.  She is now cancer-free and has not stopped caring for her children and overcoming many obstacles to find safe, secure housing.  She has no family here in Alberta and has no family support at all. Tracy recently started school full time so that she can support her family and make her children proud.  Listen here for the interview with Tracy on Air 106. 1 FM

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May 2015

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The Airdrie Angel recipient for the month of May is Becky.  She has struggled through surgery over the last few years while juggling a young family. She continues to work through her health challenges all the while with a bright smile and optimistic outlook.  Truly humble and always thinking of others her home care workers nominated her to be this month’s recipient of the Airdrie Angel program.

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April 2015

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This month we called the Airdrie Angel recipient on April Fool’s Day to let them know they had been chosen. This was no joke though, we believe we lifted Gail’s spirits with the gifts from the hearts of our sponsors. The segment went live on Air 106.1 FM the next day. Listen here and tell us what you think.

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March 2015

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We have a spring in our step this morning because we made someone’s life just a little bit easier. To quote our March recipient:  “this is going to solve the problems I have right now”. What more could we possibly ask for? We love being able to lift the spirits of one person, and to help them move past a difficult time.  Listen to the live broadcast, with Lauren:

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