In need: Cherene Lamond-Colby is scheduled for open heart surgery on Thursday.

In need: Cherene Lamond-Colby is scheduled for open heart surgery on Thursday.

Heart surgery taxes family

Cherene Lamond-Colby has a big heart, giving to others whenever she can.

Cherene Lamond-Colby has a big heart, giving to others whenever she can.

But the organ beating inside her chest isn’t working properly.

Lamond-Colby, who is originally from Salmon Arm, is scheduled for open heart, aortic valve replacement surgery this Thursday in Edmonton.

Lamond-Colby was born with a defect in her heart, which was not discovered until the birth of her youngest daughter. Now that valve has narrowed to the point where a replacement valve is critical.

In addition to the health issue, Lamond-Colby’s husband Chris recently lost his job in Alberta, which is placing additional stress on the couple, who have two daughters, Jaida and Fayth.

“They have nothing left. Rent is due… bills… and her surgery is June 2 in Edmonton,” says Tressa Hobson, a family friend who is helping with fundraising efforts.

“She is a hometown girl, but cannot move back to Salmon Arm as she needs to be close to the specialists. This surgery is dangerous and she has a lifetime of meds and care ahead of her.”

The family has started a GoFundMe account under the name ‘The Colby Family Heart Surgery Crisis’ to assist with expenses.

“The timing of the events we are faced with is the worst timing imaginable… but we would not have done this if we were not desperate or had an answer to this financial problem,” writes Chris on the fundraising page.

Alternatively, donations can be made through Lamond-Colby’s aunt Janet Hanna. Phone 250-832-7885 to make arrangements.

 

Salmon Arm Observer