One local church found a way to help a community member in a big way. The story below, posted at insideHalton.com on October 28, 2013, notes that the church would give all the donations on Sunday to Kimm Fletcher, a Milton woman who is battling cancer.
Last week, Pastor Rob Stanley of The Village Community Church, saw her story in the local news and felt God was pressing him to help. At that time, the story was still local and she had not received any significant donations. Pastor Rob approached the elders and asked if the church was willing to give everything they collected in the next Sunday’s offering to help her. It cost $4,200 every two weeks for the cancer medication. When it was announced to the church, a member took it upon himself to notify our MPP (Member of Provincial Parliament). The MPP got involved and got her a meeting with the Ontario Health Minister and the story took off from there to front page on the Toronto Star to getting picked up on national news. Since then, Kimm has received another $89,000 in anonymous donations. So, with the Village’s $12,600, that put her over $100K which was what she needed for the full treatment which will extend her life 6-18 months. She added that any amount remaining in her trust is to be given to a 32 year old male cancer patient that she met through this process with the same condition as her.
When she read in a local blog that the Village Church (people she didn’t even know) were going to donate their entire Sunday offering, she told her husband they had to attend and so she showed up unexpectantly and unannounced. Pastor Rob invited her down on the stage and the Village Elders prayed over her for healing. It was quite an emotional day.
A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article.
Community raising funds for cancer treatment for local mother
Milton residents are rallying around local mother Kimm Fletcher, who’s battling a deadly brain tumour.
Her diagnosis is advanced stage four glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) the most dangerous of brain tumours, according to her oncologist, who has said the best treatment possible is Avastin. Although not considered a cure by her oncologist, it will prolong her life.
But Avastin isn’t covered by her insurance company or by the Ontario government. It will cost $8,400 a month for the Fletcher family.
Fletcher at the age of 37 was diagnosed in January 2010 with a stage three brain tumour. She required surgery and radiation. In the months that followed, the tumour shrank in size and she was diagnosed as being in remission.
…Also, the Village Community Church — which meets at Galaxy Cinemas Sundays at 10 a.m. — will give all of this Sunday’s donations to Fletcher. Visitors are welcome….