Walnut Grove family aided in time of illness

 

A fundraiser to help a Langley family deal with the fallout from their daughter’s illness is building up steam again this spring.

Dominion Power Washing is holding a series of fundraisers, during which all proceeds from some of their jobs will helpt he family of Erin Kreiter.

Kreiter’s parents spent about $200,000 to completely renovate their Walnut Grove home after Erin went through a medical ordeal, and is now required to use a wheelchair.

Kreiter had suffered a number of medical issues as a child, most of them diagnosed as severe asthma attacks. It wasn’t until she was attending the University of Alberta, where she was working towards a PhD in epidemiology, that her health began to seriously decline. She had trouble walking, and was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease.

After a lot of work at the G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver, she regained some function in her arms, neck, and hands, but Kreiter still needs a wheelchair. Her family tore apart their traditional two-storey home before welcoming Erin back, putting in ramps, changing plumbing, and widening doors.

The whole thing put a strain on the finances of the family.

John Gould of Dominion Power Washing is a former Mountie and an old friend of Sgt. Tim Kreiter of the Langley RCMP, Erin’s father.

When he learned about the family’s financial predicament, he was eager to help out.

A fundraiser in the fall saw off-duty RCMP officers doing power washing on the weekends, using Dominion’s equipment, with all proceeds going towards the Kreiter’s bills.

Now with the return of good weather, Gould wants to start up again.

“We definitely want to get this ball rolling,” Gould said.

He said there will be a special this spring on driveways, patios, and sidewalks, the whole package for $150.

To get a cleaning appointment or quote from Dominion Power Washing for the program, contact friends4erin@dpwi.ca, or call 604-510-9274. Donations can also be made to “Tim Kreiter in Trust for Erin Kreiter” and can be mailed to Friends 4 Erin c/o Dominion Power Washing Inc., PO Box 45015 #205 6339 – 200th Street, Langley B.C., V2Y 1A2. 

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