During the election campaign this last November, I met a wonderful mother with a child with severe disabilities. Smiling, full of passion and love for her family, this mother told me her story. She shared her challenges and difficulties but also her successes and optimistic view for the future.

In her short 6 years, her daughter Dylane has been hospitalized 37 times. Her daily struggles to try to care for her disabled daughter and her other children seemed overwhelming to me.

But Marilyne Picard still manages to get involved with different committees and organizations to try to raise awareness and bring change for families with disabled children. I left her house that day feeling very lucky to have met such a strong woman.

Did you know that in Saint-Lazare, there are around 4425 people living with some form of disability according the estimate provided by the OPHQ (2011).

  • 130 people under 15 years old
  • 3525 people between 15-64 years old
  • 770 people 65+

For those of us who don’t have to face these struggles, we don’t often pause to think of the many challenges these people face on a daily basis. As we all know, insurance and the government will not cover everything and often these families struggle financially and are unable to provide all the necessities and care needed.

This is why three years ago, 5 local families with highly disabled children (3 of which are from Saint-Lazare) decided to organize a fundraiser called “Les Petits Miracles”. Their goal was to get some financial relief so that they could “try” to make the lives of their children just a little easier and more comfortable.

So for a third year, the mothers of those little miracles will be holding this fundraiser event and are looking for community support. Here are the details:

SOIRÉE-BÉNÉFICE LES PETITS  MIRACLES

Saturday March 3, 2018

À LA CABANE A SUCRE
MARC BESNER,
102 rang du Ruisseau Nord, Coteau-Du-Lac

(Doors open at 5pm. Dinner will be served around 6pm).

Benefits from this event go directly to these 5 local families and their children; Enzo, Mathieu, brothers Bradley and Kieran, Célia, and Dylane.

You can buy tickets here: https://lespetitsmiracles.blogspot.ca

In addition to buying tickets, you can support these local families by providing door prizes or simply by sharing their story.

You can also reach them here:  [email protected] or Ann: 514-214-8613

 

Here are some articles to learn more about Dylane:

http://www.tvanouvelles.ca/2016/03/15/cri-du-cur-dune-mere-pour-son-enfant-handicapee

http://www.viva-media.ca/actualite/le-combat-de-trois-meres-pour-leur-enfant/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/st-lazare-mother-caring-for-disabled-daughter-gets-public-assistance-1.3022819

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/752085/enfants-lourdement-handicapes-vaudreuil-soulanges-aide-insuffisante-domicile-clsc

http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2016/03/15/cri-du-cur-au-gouvernement-pour-son-enfant-handicapee

http://www.parentsjusquaubout.com/