Variety BC is returning with its 55th Annual Variety Show of Hearts Telethon, Thursday Feb. 18 and aims to raise enough funds to help kids with special needs.
“We want to raise enough money this year that we can always say yes to kids who need our help,” Cally Wesson, CEO, Variety B.C. said.
The three-day event will be featuring seven-year-old Fraser Lake resident Karista Barr on Variety Show of Hearts Telethon, Feb. 20.
Barr was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes two years ago when she got a flu and was rushed to emergency. Her blood sugar level was reported at 50.
Barr’s mother Nancy Lougheed said while her daughter has adjusted “remarkably well”, families need a higher sense of awareness regarding meal portions and carbohydrate control while dealing with Type 1 diabetes.
“Variety B.C. has donated Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) system to us. With having that, she does not have to do finger ports as frequently. It taps the blood sugar level all the time.”
In B.C. donors have come together for the past 55 years to help Variety raise funds. Wesson said, “Our goal is to make sure kids have everything they need to strive and parents can focus on being parents and not worrying about whether they can afford a wheelchair or not.”
The telethon will have special guests like David Foster, Pia Toscano and Loverboy. It will be aired on Global BC.