ALS Society hits the Dunes in August: Golf tournament serves as annual Kamloops fundraiser
By Moneca Jantzen
Nancy Lynds has been sharing her family’s Amiotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) story as a way to give back to an organization that offered critical help to her and her husband during their time of extraordinary need.
Nancy’s husband, Randy, was struck with this debilitating and incurable disease in the prime of his life at age 52. Symptoms of inexplicable muscle weakness began showing up during ocean swims in Mexico and while tackling home improvement projects here at home. A trip to the walk-in clinic turned up nothing. Knowing things weren’t right they managed a second opinion and uncovered the tragic diagnosis. It was official, July 12, 2012. Randy had ALS. He signed up with the Society a couple of days later. The Lynds received almost immediate support and access to information.
Lofty plans for retirement for this longtime Highland Valley Copper employee soon turned to navigating a rapidly progressing illness that would come to imprison Randy in his own body. They would transform their condo into a virtual medical ward with all of the equipment required to care for someone no longer able to accomplish the most basic of tasks.
Ode to British Columbia
This B.C. Day it is hard to think about anything other than the fires that have been consuming the Interior of the province. All of the hardworking first responders, firefighters, pilots and volunteers have been working tirelessly on saving multiple communities from complete devastation. Evacuees are suffering the stresses of being ousted from their homes—often with only minutes to spare and few belongings—their pets and livestock also needing rescuing. Fearing the worst while away from their homes they become dependent on government and the kindness of strangers to keep going in these trying circumstances. Those on alert and in distant communities have been overwhelmed with smoke and respiratory challenges.
We must salute everyone involved in this struggle to return to normalcy. Compassion and generosity must prevail for those who have lost their homes or been forced out of their communities for days on end. Huge props to all the volunteers that have donated so much time and money to helping the evacuees and their pets and livestock throughout this crisis.
In time, (and the sooner the better) the firefighters will conquer the flames and we can once again focus on the breathtaking beauty of this place and enjoy all that it has to offer in the way of recreation, lifestyle, industry, diversity and inspiration. We are so fortunate to call it home.