Angels among us
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Jul 03, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Angels among us

Stratford Gazette

The day you are told your child has a disability forever changes your life. You may feel angry, sad and alone. I know Derek and I felt that way when Reiko, our precious baby, was given the diagnosis of Osteogenesis Imperfecta.

But something amazing happened, when we felt our lowest the community gathered around us and showed us that there truly is a silver lining to every cloud.

It started right away when countless people donated to our family when we were travelling back and forth to hospitals when Reiko was a newborn. Then came the day we met an angel named Marcia Leitch. We were looking at houses and came across this magnificent woman. We didn't buy a house, but Marcia never forgot us and a few months later asked us if she could refer us to the Coldwell Banker All Points-Festival City Realty Brokerage Charitable Fund.

For three-plus years they have been working away doing charity fundraisers like the Goderich Home and Garden Show to raise money for our family, because they always promised that they would try to get us into a suitable home.

On June 22 at the Longest Day Golf tournament in Stratford, the charity presented us with a sizable amount of money to help us with the down payment of our new house and to get Reiko anything he needs to make the house accessible to him.

Pat Simons and Donny Rivers as well as a whole committee of wonderful people presented us with this check that has reassured us that even though this disease is an awful and hard one to go through, we have people on our side who want to be there and help us through it.

There are angels who walk among us and I don't know where we would be without you all. I don't know how we could ever thank everyone enough for the constant support, but I will still try every chance I get.

Jessica Quinlan


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