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Dawn Kelowna, BC

Client-Heather-Photo-in-story-(4).jpgWhen Heather, a mother of four from Kelowna, BC, took her six-month-old daughter, Dawn, to get her immunizations, she was shocked to find out her baby had been losing weight – about two pounds per week! Their doctor referred them to a specialist who told them they urgently needed to go for additional testing at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. After months of MRIs, CT scans, and doctor’s appointments, Dawn was diagnosed with Benign Congenital Hypotonia, a neuromuscular disorder where the amount of tension or resistance to stretch in a muscle is very low. The news was devastating to Heather, who was told her daughter may never be able to run or ride a bicycle. 
 
To receive the best care possible, Heather and Dawn had to travel to BC Children’s Hospital. “That’s when Hope Air came into our lives,” says Heather. Getting Dawn from Kelowna to Vancouver for her appointments was extremely challenging for Heather. It’s a minimum four-hour drive each way, and the thought of doing it in the winter was exceptionally unnerving. In addition to the long drive, Heather was also worried about the time she would have to spend away from her three other children. Fortunately, their physiotherapist told Heather about Hope Air. 
 
Hope Air was a breath of fresh air in the midst of a really tough time for our family.

With Hope Air, Heather and Dawn could fly between Kelowna and Vancouver for appointments, alleviating stress for the entire family. For Heather, Hope Air meant her daughter could receive the medical care she needed without having to worry about the financial strain of getting there and the time she would have to spend away from the rest of her children. “Hope Air was a breath of fresh air in the midst of a really tough time for our family,” says Heather. 
 
Although Dawn continues to live with Benign Congenital Hypotonia, she has made significant strides and continues to improve every day. She starting walking when she was 18-months-old, and before she knew it, she was running and riding her bicycle. Now, at 15-years-old, Dawn is a thriving and optimistic young woman who enjoys cheerleading and hanging out with her friends. She’s even considering becoming a paramedic one day. Thanks to Hope Air and the care she was able to access at BC Children’s Hospital, Dawn is able to reflect back on her earlier years through a positive lens.