Barb Vanin

Barb Vanin

Kiss my ALS raffle benefits Vernon woman

Since being diagnosed with ALS a year ago, the effects have taken a toll on Vanin, who is now confined to a wheelchair

A debilitating disease isn’t keeping Barb Vanin down.

Since being diagnosed with ALS a year ago, the effects have taken a toll on Vanin, who is now confined to a wheelchair. But the outgoing, always-smiling woman isn’t ready to let the disease get her down.

With the help of her husband, Paul Fisher, Vanin now has a wheelchair-equipped van to help get her out and about. But affording the van is another obstacle the couple is struggling to overcome.

Therefore Vernon Vintners is selling raffle tickets in a Kiss My ALS campaign to raise money to help their wine kit rep out.

“Barb is a beautiful, kind, compassionate soul that has a zest for life and should not be stuck at home,” said Cheryl Eedens of Vernon Vintners.

All the funds raised through ticket sales will go to Vanin and the draw for two grand prizes – wine for a year and one batch or ciders or beer – will take place Saturday.

Support can also be given to Vanin via an online fundraiser underway at gofundme.com/2sgjhask.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit Vernon Vintners on Kalamalka Lake Road.