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The Sillah Family

Last week, we were able to meet with the Sillah family. Ruth is a single mother taking care of her two children. One of her children, Delvin, was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at the age of three.

Andrew Sikomas delivers a cheque to the Sillah family.

Having grown up with the disease, Delvin has spent the majority of his life in and out of hospitals. Due to the severity of the sickle cell attacks, known as crises, Delvin constantly needs to be close to a hospital. These attacks have been severe causing blood clots as well as internal organ pain and damage.

Now, at 12 years old, Delvin and the family have decided to follow through with a bone marrow transplant having found a donor match within the family – his older brother.

Since a bone marrow transplant is a year-long process, there is still a long road ahead for the whole family. We wanted to wish them all the best and deliver a cheque to cover three months’ of rent.

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