Brenda Kelowna, BC
“I didn’t know what to do; I was scared,” says Brenda Nourry, explaining how she felt when she was diagnosed with cancer and learned that she would need treatment in Vancouver – a five-hour drive from her home in Kelowna, BC.
Brenda was told by her family doctor that the treatment she needed was only available in Vancouver. “I would have opted for a long bus ride, but my cancer put me in too much pain to sit for that long,” explains Brenda. “A plane ride would cut my travel time down to just one hour.”
At the time of her first appointment, plane tickets to and from Vancouver were simply too expensive for Brenda. She contacted a number of resources but none were able to provide assistance getting to her treatment centre.
Finally, Brenda says she learned about Hope Air through a social worker at the BC Cancer Agency. She immediately contacted the charity, and was given her saving grace: tickets to and from Vancouver to receive life-saving cancer treatment.
“I can honestly say that if I had not heard about Hope Air when I did, I would not be here today.”
“To sit back and say ‘I can’t go’ is very difficult,” explains Brenda. “I refused to give up, and I’m glad I didn’t. Hope Air was there for me when I needed it most!”
Brenda needed Hope Air’s services twice, and thanks to the free flights, her treatment has been successful and the prognosis is good. “I can honestly say that if I had not heard about Hope Air when I did, I would not be here today.”
“If you run out of hope, there’s certainly HOPE to help you out!”