A Red Deer man would have faced a significant financial burden if it wasn’t for Valour Place.
A virtual fundraiser is currently being held for the facility, which is a temporary home away from home for military, veterans, RCMP, families of the fallen and other first responders who are waiting for medical treatment.
Supporters of Valour Place, located in Edmonton, began taking on challenges to raise money. The facility has provided more than 20,000 nights of accommodations for military and first responders dealing with a medical situation since 2012.
One of those who has received accommodations is Red Deer’s Brian Johannson, RCMP officer and new board member of Valour Place.
Johannson’s daughter Morgan, who has cerebral palsy, was scheduled for surgery in Edmonton. With the family being from Red Deer, Johannson needed to find accommodations for them for an expected four month stay.
One week before Morgan’s surgery, Johannson’s superintendent got in touch with him and told him about Valour Place. Without the facility, Johannson and his family would have experienced the financial burden of $300 a day for hotel and meal expenses.
“Valour Place truly is a home away from home, a place of hope and a supportive community,” said Johannson.
“Having a comfortable space that felt like home, I feel it helped my daughter recover faster than being in the hospital during the time that she was in the out-patient recovery program.”
The virtual fundraiser began Aug. 13 and has already raised $10,000 – the goal is to raise $35,000.
“This is the only major fundraiser for Valour Place and last year alone we helped over 900 families with accommodations while they were dealing with a medical situation,” said Connie Erker, Valour Place board vice-president.
To donate or to register, visit www.valourplace.ca/walkforvalour.