Sick child flourishes with community support

South Cariboo residents help sick child get medical help she needed

Joy Blondahl

Joy Blondahl

In March, people came together and raised nearly $10,000 through a dinner/auction for two-year-old Joy Blondahl – a sick child in the Philippines who they did not know.

Her step-dad is Jacob Blondahl, who grew up in the South Cariboo, and her grandmother is Kathy Blondahl of 108 Mile Ranch.

Kathy says many people have asked about how little Joy is doing and she’d like to let everyone know.

Joy was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in December 2011 but hope for treatment was minimal due to the high cost of medical services in her country.

The money raised in the South Cariboo was enough to pay for Joy’s treatments and drugs, and Kathy is happy to say that the illness is in check.

“She’s in remission and is doing well. The drugs kicked in quickly and did what they were supposed to do and it couldn’t have been possible without the generous donations and prayers.”

Kathy says it’s wonderful to see Joy happy and healthy.

“We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to the people who supported the fundraiser. The funds raised helped to save her life.”

Joy and her mother have since immigrated to Canada and live as a family with Jacob on Salt Spring Island.

Joy is treatment-free at the present time, but any future medical expenses can now be covered by medical insurance.