Armstrong’s Emma Tucker and parents Jennifer and Wayne make use of a wheelchair accessible van

Armstrong’s Emma Tucker and parents Jennifer and Wayne make use of a wheelchair accessible van

Radiothon helps kids

The Children’s Charity returns to the North Okanagan airwaves Wednesday and Thursday on Kiss FM

The Children’s Charity returns to the North Okanagan airwaves Wednesday and Thursday on Kiss FM for the ninth annual Variety Children’s Radiothon, sponsored by Kal Tire.

Variety is coming back to town to raise funds to help local families with children who have special needs.

Families like Armstrong’s Jennifer and Wayne Tucker and their little girl Emma, who was born with Canavan disease, a neurodegenerative disorder and life-threatening condition.

“Right after we found out, and for a couple weeks afterwards, it was like we had been involved in a car accident,” said Jennifer.

“We were physically sore and emotionally drained. Our main concern has and always will be Emma’s health and comfort.”

Jennifer has limited strength in her upper body due to a stroke she survived in childhood, which makes it difficult for her to carry Emma for long periods of time.

But thanks to funding received from Variety, which helped with the cost of making the family van wheelchair accessible, the Tuckers are able to better provide for Emma’s needs.

“Emma gets out of the house much more frequently and into the community more,” said Jennifer. “I am able to take her to appointments and meetings. It makes my life easier and Emma is happier because there are fewer transfers that she needs to go through.”

In the last two years, Variety provided funding to 46 local families in Vernon to help with costs associated with the purchase of things like expensive medication, tutoring for learning disabilities, physiotherapy, and travel and accommodation expenses for families whose children received specialized treatment at out-of-community hospitals.

“Vernon and the surrounding communities have always been very supportive of our radiothon fundraiser, and we’re so grateful,” said Bernice Scholten, Variety executive director.

 

“It’s about families helping families which is very powerful. We’re asking for your support again because the need continues to grow and we want to help more children.”