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Special December Recipient #1

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Crystal just worked so hard to get her real estate license and has now had to put that on hold due to her son’s recent leukemia diagnoses. Throw autism on top of that and it makes this situation that much more difficult. Crystal has not skipped a beat in being there for her family 200% but is struggling to keep that glow of hers going. Her son is dealing with treatments of all kinds to help him fight the leukemia and is now losing his hair, not eating and is pretty much couch bound. This family really needs a pick me up.

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November 2016

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Courtney gave birth to twins prematurely. Both babies suffered serious health concerns; one of them requiring 4 serious surgeries in 4 months. For a time each twin was in a different hospital. Dad took time off work in order to be with his family (they also have two older children). Thankfully both babies are now home and are doing well. The nominator told us: after a few months of stress, tears and heartache, I believe this family could use a lift. We agree!

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October 2016

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Niki’s husband has Multiple Sclerosis that flares up and he worked in the oil industry and was laid off, left with 6 mouths to feed and no income. Between Niki and her husband Tyler they have been able to make ends meet due to their hard work and determination for their family. Niki started a day home and Tyler has worked random jobs here and there, but money has been very tight. Their spirits are always high and they still go out of their way to help others even during their hard times. These are the two most selfless people that have faced a lot of difficult times and deserve a break.

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Thanksgiving 2016

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This special edition Angel family recipient had to cancel all of their summer plans due to a house fire. Their family missed out on the summer and we wanted to help bring that back for them.

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September 2016

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Jenny has been the primary care-giver for her granddaughter, who has special needs, since birth. They are both extremely positive and upbeat and they obviously share a very special bond. Due to her granddaughter’s needs, it is apparent that Jenny has some caregiver fatigue and that finances are sometimes a struggle (she was the victim of a theft in December). Despite her struggles, Jenny does not complain or feel sorry for herself. She is very happy to care for her granddaughter, though she admits it is hard at times and a lot of work. Jenny doesn’t expect help, but her nominator thought that a small gesture of kindness would be uplifting for her and quite a nice surprise.

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August 2016

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“Grace is a beautiful 10-year-old girl who sustained a concussion Apr. 27, 2016 while playing. Two weeks later she ended up in severe pain, lost her ability to walk, became incontinent, was not able to feed herself and was not able to stay awake; it was very difficult to rouse her. Numerous trips to urgent care, then to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, only to be prescribed stronger medications. After one such dose Grace lost her sight and hearing as well. Grace’s mom Linda has spent 6 years completing online studies towards her RN. Linda – just after Grace’s accident – had finally completed all of the theory towards her RN, and has 2 practicums left. Linda almost did not start her second last practicum because of Grace’s condition. But Grace has improved, she regained her hearing and sight, but not the ability to walk, or feed herself. She does stay awake longer periods, but falls asleep mid sentence at times. Grace has a 3-year-old brother, and a wonderful father that is doing the Mr. Mom duties while Linda is completing her second last practicum. This is such a stressful time for them all, and any assistance would be so uplifting.”

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July 2016

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Ryan and his wife came to Alberta for a chance at a better life with their young family. Ryan was recently laid off. His wife then had a medical emergency and required surgery. Ryan then had the responsibility of caring for his wife and children at home. Ryan then got sick, he was admitted to hospital with a complicated stay. Ryan and his family are struggling to deal with the stress of his illness and their extreme financial distress. Both Ryan and his wife have worked hard to keep their home going. They continue to demonstrate a strength in spirit and are appreciative for any and all support offered to them. They do not talk negatively of this experience; they believe that things will get better. Both Ryan and his wife are looking forward to a time when they can return the support and kindness shown to them.

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Father’s Day – June 2016

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Robert is a hard working father. In January, his daughter Christen wasn’t feeling well and was taken to the doctor to find out that she had a rare and fast acting blood infection. She was rushed into the Children’s Hospital had emergency surgery that required opening Christen’s skull from ear to ear across the top of her head. She spent a substantial amount of time in ICU under 24 hour supervision. Robert and his wife only have one vehicle and juggled going to the hospital and taking care of the rest of the family. During this trying time, Robert and his family were in the process of moving to a new rental property that added to the stresses. Christen has since recovered and is home but it’s been financially difficult for them. They’ve had to rely on the food bank and support from their church. Robert is a quiet, humble man and family is everything to him.

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Airdrie Angel