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.
Guelda and “Team Heimburger” continue to set the pace for all of us
in our Scotia Run. Steve’s
grit and determination on his Walk For Hope were also inspiring
because he raised not only funds, but also awareness about
schizophrenia by talking with everyone he met.
Guelda’s story shows what can happen when family members learn about
schizophrenia and get the right tools to support their loved one. [Read
Guelda's story here.] In my family, we did not know
very much about schizophrenia, even after Dave finally received his
diagnosis. At that time,
there was no organization like BCSS to give families resources and support.
Educating and supporting a family can change everything!
Because of what they learned, Guelda and
her family understand that schizophrenia is a brain disease and is not
anyone’s fault. Because of what they learned, Guelda and her family
do not see schizophrenia any differently than they would diabetes or
any other disease.
They talk openly with one another and with Kai, and work together to
ensure that all members of their family thrive. They keep an eye on the
latest research, attend conferences, and are always working and
And BCSS is key. Through
the generosity of donors, BCSS offers vital support, 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 because of the pandemic, this mission has never been more
important than it is right now. Those with mental illness are
severely affected by the challenges and upheaval in society caused by
COVID-19. With the increase in cases, Regional Educators are not just
receiving calls from more families in distress, but these calls are
far more desperate and urgent than ever before. Although support
groups and programs like Strengthening Families Together (SFT) have
been adapted to accommodate today’s environment, additional resources
and services need to be developed quickly. At the same time, the
number of children and youth who need the new online versions of the
Kids and Teens in Control Programs continues to climb.
And then there is research.
Understandably, COVID-related projects have become a priority
in the world of research.
But schizophrenia research for better treatments and care needs
to continue so that perhaps our grandchildren and great-grandchildren
will be safe from this devastating disease.
Every gift matters.
By giving to BCSS, you are helping families today and
funding research that will build a healthier, better tomorrow.
Together, we can save lives.
Together, we can ensure families continue to have
“a reason to hope…the means to cope.”
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, 2021.
Please make your gift today!
Volunteer Board Director
P.S. Let me double the impact of your gift… Every donation counts!