Boy, do I LOVE this family! And as much as I'm SOO happy to have them home from Dubai I so wish it was under a different circumstance...
As some of you may know or not know, Sharon (my sister) and Bret’s daughter, Tala, (my niece) has been diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic condition (PFIC) that will likely require a liver transplant. Tala’s start has been anything but easy on her and her parents, however, they have remained resilient and positive every step of the way.
Despite being poked and prodded as many times as she has, Tala manages to always have a sweet smile on her face. She is a strong, feisty, happy girl, who is facing a long and difficult medical journey ahead.
Sharon and Bret have been living and working as international teachers in Dubai for the last 7 years. In March, Sharon was forced to resign from her job and leave the home where they became a family of three. This was due to issues pertaining to health insurance that were completely out of their control, as well as the severity of Tala’s condition. Sharon and Tala are currently living with family in Ontario, Canada, and Bret will try to join them after the school year. Their lives have been turned upside down; they are faced with the difficult task of finding new jobs, a new home, beginning the lengthy Canadian immigration process for Bret, and most importantly improving the health of their beautiful little girl.
On top of all of this, Tala is currently uninsured. Sharon and Bret have submitted an appeal to the Ontario government to have the mandatory three month waiting period for OHIP waived as they cannot afford the extreme costs of lost wages, the numerous doctors appointments, blood tests, ultrasounds, medications and potential surgery.
I think I can speak for everyone when I say that I feel so helpless. Here is our chance to help my sister and her amazing family through this GoFUNDME page set up by her best friend Christie. Even the smallest of donation is appreciated! Please feel free to share this on your social media!
With so much love and appreciation for any help,