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Highway to Healing helps kids get medical access (Castanet)

Highway to Healing held a fundraiser barbeque supported by Nesters Market on Saturday, Sept. 9 as the society ramps up a new fall fundraising campaign.

The non-profit society has a mission to assist families in local communities by providing financial support and resources when they must travel to access medical care for their ill or injured child.

The Highway to Healing Support Society was formed in 2013 as a community project of the Rotary Club of Oliver as the club became aware that families had no financial support with travel expenses when they had to travel for care.

“We’ve just started a brand new social media fundraiser called “Pave the Way” so we’re looking for our community to help us get families to care for their children,” said Tracy McFadden president of Highway to Healing Society.

On Highway to Healing’s Facebook and Instagram pages, community members can find out more information about what the organization does and how to support them by, for instance, finding families that might need their support and donations can also be made there.

McFadden adds, “We had a big fundraiser this summer and it was absolutely successful, we had great community support raising about $15,000.

View story at Castanet, Highway to Healing helps kids get medical access – Oliver/Osoyoos News – Castanet.net

100 Women Who Care Penticton give back big time ahead of holidays (Castanet)

Highway to Healing held a fundraiser barbeque supported by Nesters Market on Saturday, Sept. 9 as the society ramps up a new fall fundraising campaign.

The non-profit society has a mission to assist families in local communities by providing financial support and resources when they must travel to access medical care for their ill or injured child.

The Highway to Healing Support Society was formed in 2013 as a community project of the Rotary Club of Oliver as the club became aware that families had no financial support with travel expenses when they had to travel for care.

“We’ve just started a brand new social media fundraiser called “Pave the Way” so we’re looking for our community to help us get families to care for their children,” said Tracy McFadden president of Highway to Healing Society.

On Highway to Healing’s Facebook and Instagram pages, community members can find out more information about what the organization does and how to support them by, for instance, finding families that might need their support and donations can also be made there.

McFadden adds, “We had a big fundraiser this summer and it was absolutely successful, we had great community support raising about $15,000.

View story at Castanet, 100 Women Who Care Penticton give back big time ahead of holidays – Penticton News – Castanet.net

Ice fun at the Osoyoos Coyote’s Game!

‘They have helped us immensely’: Oliver based not-for-profit helps families in crisis

A not-for-profit has been helping families in Oliver, Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls when they are in crisis. Highway to Healing began as a project of the Rotary Club in Oliver but has since grown its own roots. Sydney Morton spoke with a family who accessed their help in a time of need – Jun 18, 2021

Ice fun at the Osoyoos Coyote’s Game!

The not-for-profit Highway to Healing has been helping B.C. families — in Oliver, Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls — when they are in crisis.

It began as a project of the Rotary Club in Oliver but has since grown its own roots and has become a lifeline when families are faced with medical emergencies.

The not-for-profit organization helps families living in small towns who have seriously ill or injured children. They help cover the cost of fuel to get to a hospital as well as food, overnight stays and any other expenses incurred.

Kendall-Leigh Beal and her family of four have relied on the support for two years since the birth of her son, Kolt.

“We were just in utter shock and blessed that they reached out to us and they have helped us immensely,” said Beal.

Kolt has numerous medical complications including three heart conditions.

“He’s got a couple of different things, what he originally was diagnosed with was Tetralogy of Fallot and Double Outlet Right Ventricle and he’s also got high pressures on his right side,” said Beal.

For Kolt’s entire young life the family has spent more nights away than in their own beds, attending countless appointments, treatments and operations at several hospitals including BC Children’s Hospital, BC Women’s Hospital and Kelowna General Hospital.

Now they live in Kelowna to be closer to KGH but when the family was living in Oliver, Highway to Healing helped make a trying time a little easier.

“Some organizations … you feel like you are waiting weeks and are just a number or just another application but [Highway to Healing], they made you feel wanted, loved and that they are there for you,” said Beal.
 

Since Highway to Healing was created in 2014 it has provided more than $64,000 to at least 28 local families.

“There are times — when we live in small rural communities — people don’t realize that when your child is sick those services are not readily available and the families have to travel,” said Tracy MacFadden, Highway to Healing president.

“We often find families … aren’t able to work or not able to work as much as they would like to, so we find them in critical situations.”

The not-for-profit helps make the long drives and challenging times a little easier for the families fighting for their children’s wellbeing, and at times their lives.