My family and I have been touched by schizophrenia through my dear
Our heartbreaking journey has inspired me to get involved in the BC
Schizophrenia Society Foundation. And that is where I met Catherine.
Catherine describes her journey as one of learning, changing and
accepting her “special” son, Paul. She talks about going through
disbelief, denial, despair, blame, guilt, anger, and finally…
acceptance. At the same time, Catherine’s story is filled with faith,
hope, and love. [Read
Catherine and Paul's Story.]
After nearly 20 years of desperately trying to figure out what was
wrong with Paul and how to keep him alive and safe with schizophrenia,
Catherine finally found “a reason to hope…the means to cope”
through the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society (BCSS).
BCSS offers vital education and resources – free of charge – to
anyone affected by severe mental illness like schizophrenia so that
they are better able to advocate and care for their loved ones. And
this support is only available because of the generosity of donors
Families, like Catherine’s, need education and support now.
There are still far too many families in crisis who are
waiting for support groups and programs, like our Strengthening
Families Together (SFT). Children and youth who are struggling
because a loved one has mental illness are waiting to take our Kids or
Teens in Control Program.
At the same time, we also need researchers to continue searching for
earlier diagnostic tools and better treatments so that “special”
family members, like Paul and Dave, do not suffer. Catherine
attributes Paul’s ongoing success to a major breakthrough in treatment
– long-acting injectable medication. I wish that treatment had been
available for Dave.
Every gift matters.
By giving to BCSS, you are helping families today and funding
research that will build healthier, better tomorrows.
Together, we can save lives.
Please consider making your gift today and I will personally match
all donations, up to a total of $10,000. This means you can double
your gift… $50 becomes $100; $100 becomes $200. And to inspire you
even more, I am extending my matching gift commitment to January 31, 2020.
Please make your life-saving gift today!
Chris Sandy Volunteer Board Director
P.S. Let me double the impact of your gift… Every donation counts!
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