A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to raise money for a new wheelchair for Janelle Resendes, who has cerebral palsy. Resendes is the daughter of Agassiz resident David Ryan. (GoFundMe photo)

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to raise money for a new wheelchair for Janelle Resendes, who has cerebral palsy. Resendes is the daughter of Agassiz resident David Ryan. (GoFundMe photo)

LETTER: Agassiz dad raising funds for daughter with cerebral palsy

Agassiz resident David Ryan asks for help replacing his daughter’s power chair

To the Editor,

My daughter Janelle and I would like to wish everyone all the best this holiday season. Janelle has cerebral palsy. In 1998 I, David Ryan, started rowing across the Salish Sea from Nanaimo to Granville Island to raise money for the Cerebral Palsy Association. I did the row for four years running, raising more than $60,000 for the cause.

Janelle is unable to walk and relies on her power chair to get around. The chair she has now cost $25,000 10 years ago and when we took the chair in to be fixed they told us that the parts are no longer available. The chair continues to act up and Janelle does not want to go anywhere because she’s worried it could leave her stranded. The chair that Janelle needs according to her occupational therapist, is worth $52,000 and we are trying to raise funds for her new chair.

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Janelle continues to be an inspiration to all who know her. Her perseverance through all her trials and tribulations, and her positive outlook on life is nothing short of amazing. I couldn’t be more proud.

Janelle has been going to university for 10 years working toward her Bachelor degree in Creative Writing, one letter at a time. By next year she will have it done.

Janelle has taken many art courses and is an accomplished artist. You’re able to view her work and possibly order some of her Christmas cards on her Facebook page which is J Unique Art.

Janelle also has a GoFundMe page under Janelle Resendes.

We were able to get some funding through the ministry toward her chair, but nowhere near enough, so I’m reaching out for some help.

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I would like to thank everyone who has ordered her art and contributed to her GoFundMe page thus far, and all of you who may possibly be willing to help in the future. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Merry Christmas to all and I wish everyone all the best in the New Year.

David Ryan,

Agassiz

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