Vancouver Island Variety Kids: Angel

Starting today, Vancouver Island Blog is starting a four-part series to introduce you to four very special Vancouver Island kids who are making a huge difference in their local communities through Variety – The Children’s Charity. Today you’ll meet Angel.

Life has presented challenges for 16-year-old Angel from day one. The Port Alberni teenager was born with Down syndrome, meaning she has spent most of her life in and out of hospitals – often traveling some distance to get the best medical care. Among her medical conditions, Angel has cardiac arrhythmia causing fainting, arthritis, degenerative eyesight, hypothyroidism, obstructive sleep apnea, scoliosis and borderline diabetes.

Angel

Photo: © Variety – The Children’s Charity
[used with permission]

Despite all of these road bumps, Angel hasn’t let any of it get her down. In most ways Angel is like every other teenage girl with interests in music, fashion and having a boyfriend. Beyond all of that, Angel strives to find ways to help other children and raise money for Variety and other charities. 2012 marks Angel’s eighth year participating in the Kids’ Coin Drive.

Angel’s mom, Cheryl, says that “Angel first saw the Show of Hearts Telethon when she was 5, and immediately wanted to do something ‘for the kids’. One of Angel’s first fundraisers was a scrapbooking day. Over the last couple of years she began painting pictures and knitting hats to sell, produced her own fundraising cookbook, and she now hosts her own annual gala event – the Heroes With Hearts dinner and dance.

So far Angel has raised over $100,000 for Variety – an astonishing feat! With her sights set on reaching a new goal of $150,000, Angel has been applauded by Scotiabank, who recognized her as a winner in their regional BC Lions Game Changer competition. Angel was presented with a $1,000 cheque for Variety.

You can help Angel reach her new fundraising goal by supporting her in the 2012 Kids’ Coin Drive.

Proceeds from the 2012 Kids’ Coin Drive will go towards helping children who have special needs and their families with grants for things like emergency transportation costs to out-of-community hospitals, expensive medications, mobility and communication devices, and therapeutic programs to give them the same chances in life as other children.

If you, your family or your business would like to support the Coin Drive between now and October 31st, please visit the Kids’ Coin Drive website today. Cash donations are also being accepted at all IGA, Marketplace IGA and Bank of Montreal locations.

One Comment on “Vancouver Island Variety Kids: Angel

  1. Thanks for this, K-A — hers is an inspiring story. I wasn’t aware — if this is the case — that DS people often face a range of health problems related to their genetic profile. What a courageous young woman.

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