Fighting a lung disease is a shattering ordeal – especially if it strikes your children. Thankfully, we have donors like you who care about families like mine. Recently, our family was confronted with a traumatic challenge that changed our lives significantly. I want to share my story with you to show how a donation to Alberta Lung supports families who are dedicating all their resources to keeping their children alive.

It all started when Jacob, our 4-year-old, came home from daycare with what we thought was a common cold. It didn’t take long before the whole family was coughing and sneezing. I didn’t think much of it until our baby got sick. Alice was only three months old.

Over the next few weeks, we all became very ill. It was clear that this was not just a simple cold. It was something far more serious. After numerous visits to the doctor, we were all diagnosed with RSV. You may have heard of it in the news. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a contagious respiratory disease that usually causes mild symptoms in healthy adults. However, it can be severe in infants. In fact, It’s the leading cause of infant hospitalization.

Globally, RSV is the second primary cause of death during the first year of a child’s life, after Malaria. Between 100,000 and 200,000 babies die from this virus every year. Last year, there were over 3,600 cases in Alberta.

Alice became so sick. She had a constant croup-like cough and couldn’t catch her breath. Her tiny lungs couldn’t keep up with the infection. Things got so bad we took her to Children’s Hospital, where she was put on oxygen. I was so afraid of losing her.

We were all quarantined at home and felt so helpless. It took the love, compassion, and determination of family and friends to fight through this ordeal. Even my mother, a cancer survivor, pitched in. We couldn’t have managed without her. She showed great courage, as RSV can also be deadly in seniors.

For weeks, we struggled and prayed for Alice’s recovery. We ran out of benefits and used up all of our sick leave and vacation days. Medication bills piled up, and money got very tight. Even putting food on the table became a challenge.

Just when things were at their darkest, Alberta Lung stepped in with their Patient Support Fund. And thanks to donors like you, we received emergency funds to buy the medicine we needed and pay for essentials like groceries and other provisions.

The Patient Support Fund was set up to help people with lung disease who are struggling financially to access medications, food, and equipment.

It took six long weeks before our RSV symptoms subsided. Jacob eventually got stronger, and Alice finally regained her health. My husband and I are back to work today, and life is normal again.

I know we are not alone. Other families in Alberta will face the nightmare of fighting a deadly lung disease like RSV, COVID, Cystic Fibrosis or even Lung Cancer.

So here is the favour I am asking you to consider.

Please renew your support today by joining the Alberta Lung monthly giving program. It’s the best way to help families who will turn to Alberta Lung for emergency assistance. Whatever you can give every month will be deeply appreciated and dedicated to the fight against lung disease.

Thank you for letting me share my story with you. I hope it made you feel proud of being an Alberta Lung donor.

Yours sincerely,
Jessica – Alice’s mom