Teen preps for stem cell treatment

Jody Hanna and her family are quietly preparing for what can be a most amazing life change.

Like the calm before the storm, Jody Hanna and her family are quietly preparing for what can be a most amazing life change.

Blind since birth, the young teen will undergo treatment in Phoenix, Ariz. that could give her the gift of sight – a gift made possible by the overwhelming response from this community.

The stem cell treatment Jody will undergo Jan. 11, is her only hope for vision, but it comes at a hefty cost.

In September, friend Lisa Devries set a fundraising goal of $20,000. In less than two months, more than double that amount was raised.

Jody’s mom Alicia, says she has had some disquieting feedback about what will happen to the $51,000 sitting in a special bank account.

“I have been told people wonder what we’re going to do with the money, and it’s making me feel a little bit uncomfortable,” she says.

“I guess I just want everybody to know the money is going to be used for Jody.”

The teen will be receiving therapy, counselling and possibly glasses.

“She doesn’t know how to read print, so we’ll be hiring a tutor and she doesn’t know how to   use a pen or write letters. She will have to be learning all over again and it all takes money” adds Alicia.

 

Just Posted

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Sun and heat continue Saturday

Environment Canada forecasts highs of 30 C throughout the Okanagan Saturday

Salmon Arm basketball star to be inducted into national hall of fame

One of Sargent’s many achievements is holding the Olympic record for most assists for 20 years

$30,000 donation for outdoor classroom in Salmon Arm to honour beloved teacher

Funds from Armstrong Regional Co-op to go to the Shannon Sharp Learning Circle

PHOTOS: Enderby grads paint the town — and themselves

Students spray painted the street outside A.L. Fortune on June 14 to celebrate graduation

An eight-year-old who just can’t get enough current events

History, politics, science fascinate young Salmon Arm boy

VIDEO: Horseback riding helps North Okanagan residents with special needs

North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association needs more volunteers to continue offering sessions

Gambler 500 hits Okanagan back roads

Hundreds of off road enthusiasts are rallying in the South Okanagan this… Continue reading

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

Teen stabbed after end-of-night limo dispute in downtown Vancouver

A young man, 19, is in serious condition following a dispute between two groups

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Jury finds Kelowna man guilty of second-degree murder

A Kelowna jury found Steven Randy Pirko guilty of the second-degree murder

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

Most Read