What began as a routine doctor’s appointment to investigate their son’s unusual level of fatigue has turned into an adventure that no parent wants to embark on with their child.
Kai, son of Sam Furgusson and Lee White, was diagnosed with leukemia and will need treatment for the next three-and-a-half years.
He is determined, brave, strong and supported by his incredible family, who find themselves travelling a path they never imagined. They have had to spend several months in Vancouver for treatment, and will be travelling back and forth for many more.
“We miss our Cumberland home but are making the best of being urban dwellers for a while,” said Kai’s mother Sam.
“This is all very overwhelming and emotional but the relationships we are building with our favourite doctors and nurses make the road a bit easier. They support us through tears and frustration and we often find a little bit of humour where we can.”
On April 16 at 7 p.m., friends and neighbours will be hosting a benefit at the Waverley Hotel, supported by several generous and talented musicians and artists.
Musical acts will include: PK Tessman, Helen Austin and Doug Cox, Archie Patemen and Ben Rogalsky of the Breakman, Corwin Fox, Bobby and Meg, Shane Philips, Dukes of Dodge and more.
The evening will also include a silent auction. Sam and Lee are dedicated volunteers and valued community members – it is the group’s hope to raise funds so that the family may fully support Kai without the stress of financial hardship.
If you are unable to attend the function but still want to contribute, you can donate on their GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/supportkaiwhite
You can also drop by any First Credit Union branch and donate in person. The account details are 521336. Silent auction items are also still being collected – contact Tina at (250) 703-1201 if you have something you are able to donate.