Ashton Caring Team is Currently Working on “Project Emily.”Emily de Boer, 12, ended up in a wheelchair after a Valentine’s Day surgery went wrong.
"Project Emily" is an initiative of the Ashton Caring Team and their many business associates and friends to help a family in Steveston build a barrier-free home for their child who suffered a spinal cord injurylast year. Here's a brief version of events that leading to this amazing project:
- In February 2011, Emily, a precocious eleven-year-old athlete, team captain and leader among herfriends, suffered a catastrophic T11 spinal cord injury during "routine" back surgery to repair scoliosis; she is now a paraplegic
- Emily and her family are well-known as community-minded difference-makers who have committed their lives to helping others
- This two-career family enjoyed a comfortable life-style prior to Emily's injury; now they are a single income family facing extraordinary expenses; they were forced to sell their beloved custom-built home they were unable to renovate, in favour of a house that can be converted for Emily's accessible needs; it was projected that renovations would take some years to complete on a project-by-project basis rather than all at once.
- After hearing the family's story from their friend Rick Hansen, who approached them to help Emily's family with a simple bathroom renovation, Brian and Julie Williams, owners of Ashton Service Group, instead decided to completely rebuild their house. They shared Emily's story with business associates and friends and received overwhelming support and offers to help.
With your support, together we can reach our goal of building a new home for this deserving family. We hope you will consider joining our team!
For further details about Project Emily and this remarkable child and her family, please read the full story.