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Stephenville Crossing family appreciative of sick children foundation’s help

The Alexander family of Stephenville Crossing say they’ve had a lot of help from the Bay St. George Sick Children’s Foundation. The family includes, front, from left: Lily, April Marcel and Neil.
The Alexander family of Stephenville Crossing say they’ve had a lot of help from the Bay St. George Sick Children’s Foundation. The family includes, front, from left: Lily, April Marcel and Neil. - Frank Gale

The Alexander family know all too well what it means to travel for medical issues.

Now 10 years of age, when son Neil was six years old he was diagnosed with hearing problems.

Alexander said meant travelling back to Grand Falls-Windsor three times a year for check ups and more often when he needed surgeries done.

Mom April believes it may be a condition that is hereditary, as at age 39 years, she’s still having problems with her ears.

While April Alexander wasn’t aware of the Bay St. George Sick Children’s Foundation the first time her son had medical issues, she’s now glad her family did learn of the charity.

Neil has his next appointment in Grand Falls-Windsor in May.

That’s not all the medical problems the family has encountered, as recently their daughter Lily, 7, had an infection in her gums that developed into an abscess.

They soon learned that it was having a devastating affect on her teeth requiring her to be taken into St. John’s for treatment at a private office. While some of her teeth were able to be fixed, others had to be pulled.

In addition to that, Lily sees a visiting cardiologist in Corner Brook when he makes visits from St. John’s.

Alexander said while they take care of the Corner Brook visits on their own, the foundation has helped them out with travel and accommodations for the visits to Grand Falls-Windsor and St. John’s.

She said they found out about the foundation during a conversation with Marsha MacInnis, president, who has a cabin in the same area where theirs is located.

MacInnis was quick to point out their organization could provide help when the cost of travel came up.

Alexander says having the extra costs would certainly have taken its toll.

“They’ve (foundation) have been nothing but fantastic,” she said. “We’ve called them at the drop of a hat and they’ve been there to help.”

She said on one occasion, Neil was sick the day following a surgery and couldn’t travel, so they had to stay an extra night in Grand Falls-Windsor. In minutes, the foundation told them to stay the extra night in hotel.

She encourages everyone to give to the foundation because there could come a time when someone you know or are related to could need help from this organization.

Bay St. George Sick Children’s Foundation

  • Over the past 12 years foundation has financially helped over 500 families in the Stephenville, Port au Port, and Bay St. George area when their children needed to leave home to receive medical care.
  • This year's telethon is on March 24, noon until 9 p.m.
  • The goal this year is to raise $60,000 with all proceeds going directly to families.
  • To make a pledge, call 283-3016 or toll-free at (877) 937-3116

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