I’d like to talk about LPBC for a minute.
Little People of BC is a not-for-profit organization for children and adults with a growth disorder or dwarfism. LPBC provides social, emotional, and educational support to the membership and their families; educates the general public about short stature; provides a medical board knowledgeable about short stature; and refers members to various community services and government agencies for additional support.
To me… they were the first tangible dwarfism-related resource and support to me after I had Declan. Everything else was kind of ‘out there’ on the Internet (which, has still been fabulous). But they were here. Close to me. That was a big difference, especially at first. Before I knew it I had a big package arrive at my house filled with local information (local being specific to my province). There were people who knew what doctors to see and what tests are usually done (and where). There were people who had open arms and hearts and could see their little one in mine. An instant second family.
Providing this support comes with a cost. As a non-profit organization, we run pretty much on fumes. In order to support new families, like I once was, getting new information packages out to them, supporting members who might be in the hospital having tests and surgeries, hosting social gatherings to foster relationships and bring members together that are spread across the province… it all comes with a cost.
We are currently doing a fundraiser. One of our young member’s grandmothers has made a beautiful quilt that we are raffling off. The front is black and white and the back has hand prints of many of LPBC’s members. Tickets are being sold right now, until the end of November. At the annual LPBC holiday party on November 30th, we will draw the winner.
Raffle tickets are $1.00. Yes, only $1.00!
I can’t tell you how invaluable it has been to connect with this group. To receive that initial information package that my whole family has benefited from. To be able to meet and socialize with other POLPs, for my daughter to get to know people of all different ages (and sizes), and most importantly for Declan. For Declan to grow up with these friends and mentors is, and will be, so, so important.
If you are interested in buying a raffle ticket (or 10 😉 ), please connect with me, and I will find a way to make it happen.
Doing the hand prints at the LPBC AGM last May