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It was a very “hoppy” event at Marina Park! Sincere thanks to Investors Group, the Town of Comox, Quality Foods and everyone involved in the Easter Eggstravaganza!

Thank you to Doug Kines who organizes the Hilly Billy Masters Golf Tournament and to all the golfers who contribute to the fundraising.

Our gratitude to Sunwest RV Centre for hosting a barbeque for customers and including YANA in the fun. Thanks to the YANA volunteers who helped out and everyone involved!

Circle of Giving – Inspired Community Engagement

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June 9, 2017
Natasha Ardron, experiencing premature labour, is air lifted from Comox and transferred to BC Children’s Hospital. YANA connects with the family and an apartment and support is put in place.

June 14, 2017
Natasha and Paul Ardron deliver twins, Maverick and Matthias, micro-preemies at 24 weeks, each weighing under 2 lbs.

June 18, 2017, 4 days old.
Natasha and Paul announce the birth of their boys on Facebook. Remembering those first days, Natasha says, “People immediately began to reach out to us with offers of help.” After some discussion the couple made a decision to ask that help be directed toward YANA. “Luckily we live in a community that has something in place for families, through YANA we had what we needed.”

June 20, 2017, 6 days old.
Natasha posts on Facebook asking friends and family to support YANA Comox Valley. She suggests they attend an upcoming fundraiser hosted by Salish Seafoods and donate in the twins’ name. “Through everything they were experiencing it was deeply touching to have them advocate on our behalf,” says YANA Executive Director, Marcie Dumais.

June 27, 2017, 15 days old.
Matthias Rikley Ardron, no longer able to fight against the odds, passes shortly before 9pm.

August 20, 2017, 67 days old.
Team M&M (Team Matthias and Maverick), Grandma Verna, Grandpa Gary, and friends ride in the Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride at Marina Park in Comox, raising $3,025 for Comox Valley families travelling for the medical care of a child or a pregnant mother. Team M&M inspires other cyclists and even more fundraising with the event raising $61,000. Grandma Ellie volunteers for the day. Paul visits the park in support. Dumais notes, “Being at Marina Park that day with Team M&M and other YANA families who were riding and volunteering really illustrates the circle of giving that exists around YANA.”

September 26, 2017, 104 days old.
Maverick breathes for one hour without his CPAP mask that helps inflate his lungs and deliver oxygen.

December 25, 2017, 194 days old.
Paul and Natasha celebrate Maverick’s first Christmas with nurses and staff at BC Children’s and the YANA apartments are a holiday refuge.

January 15, 2018, 215 days old.
Maverick says good-bye to his BC Children’s family and is on his way home.

February 23, 2018, 254 days old.
Paul and Natasha Ardron and family attend the YANA Big Love Benefit along with colleagues from Investors Group who help YANA by sponsoring the event. A photographic presentation of Maverick’s story is presented during the evening (https://www.yanacomoxvalley.com/stories/maverick/). $122,000 is raised for YANA.
Natasha reflects on the role of YANA in the community, “Everyone’s support of YANA came back full force to us, as well as to other Comox Valley families.”

Settling in to their ‘new normal’ at home in the Comox Valley, the Ardron family still faces some challenges, including Maverick’s chronic lung condition. They also consistently celebrate many firsts including their son’s first trail walk, first swim, first spaghetti, and the first day of spring.

To find out more about YANA events and how to get involved, visit https://www.yanacomoxvalley.com/events/

~ Comox Valley Record

Thank you to everyone giving to YANA through Worksafe BC’s Helping Hands Program.

Our gratitude to the folks giving to YANA through the Provincial Employees Community Service Fund. Your help is most appreciated!

Our appreciation to the Comox Valley Potters Club who continue to show their love for YANA through year-round pottery bowl sales.

Thank you to the Jilli Martini Trio who provided excellent entertainment at the 1st Tuesday Fundraiser, a shout-out to the organizers for providing this fantastic opportunity and acknowledgement to the attendees who gave generously. Many thanks to Hugh Mackinnon who regularly volunteers at these events for the love of music and the love of his community.

Thank you to Huband Park School for their recent donation to YANA.

We love volunteers from First Insurance & Credit Union who help us with important office jobs! Thank you!