Income Shouldn't be a Barrier to Health

Imagine for a moment, the people you cherish most in this world. Now, picture one of them, alone, unable to get up after a fall, facing moments of pure terror with no one to answer their calls for help. This isn't just a story; it was the scary reality for my mother, Joyce, and by extension, one of the worst days of my life.

My name is Brenda, and I’ve spent my career working as a nurse in Winnipeg. As a healthcare provider, I thought I’d seen it all, but nothing prepared me for the day I called to check in on my mom and she didn’t answer her phone. Three calls. No answer. 

My heart was pounding. I couldn’t catch my breath. Driving to my mother’s home that day was a nightmare. What would I find when I got there? In truth, I was not expecting to find her alive. 

BrendaJoycePhoto2023 croppedI’ll never forget that feeling. It is something that I wouldn't want anyone to go
through – knowing she was by herself, that she needed help. You can be that help. You can provide a lifeline to someone like me, like my mother. 
Thankfully, when I arrived, I found her alive. She was cold and frightened, on the floor of her bedroom, but she was alive. We had a second chance. The knowledge that she waited alone and terrified for nearly ten hours shakes me to my core. The image is etched in my memory. Even today, I have a hard time talking about it, but this is important, and so I’m here to ask for your help.

That day, my worst nightmare became reality. The thought of my brave, independent mother without anyone to help her shattered me. It was a wake-up call; a realization that for her to maintain her independence we needed something more. And that’s where Victoria Lifeline comes into the story.

This program, a lifeline in the truest sense, has been a guardian angel for her since that fateful day, saving her life more than once with its fall detection technology and rapid response. It has kept her out of the hospital on numerous occasions and has given me peace of mind.

But this story isn't just about me or my mother. It's about all of us. It's about recognizing that independence is a treasure, and when it's time to accept additional support, Victoria Hospital Foundation’s community service Victoria Lifeline is here to lend a helping hand.

Thanks to the subsidy program – and generous donors like you – my mother was able to access the program without worrying about her financial situation. Your $22 gift means a full month of services. Income shouldn’t be a barrier to potentially life-saving support.

Today, I'm asking you to provide independence to someone like my mom. Your donation can extend the reach of Victoria Lifeline, ensuring that no one, regardless of their financial situation, is left vulnerable. 

Falls may not always be prevented, but the quicker the response, the better the outcome. In fact, more than half of the calls to Victoria Lifeline are resolved without a hospital visit.

Your donation of just $22 a month can lower the cost of this essential service from $43 to $21, making it accessible to more Manitobans. This small act of kindness can make an enormous difference in the lives of someone who wishes to continue to live independently. 

BrendaJoycePhoto2024Together, we can not only change lives, we can also save them. Your gift today ensures that you can be a lifeline to someone in our community. There is no time to waste!

With deepest gratitude and warmth,
Brenda Sullivan, RN
Joyce’s Daughter
For the Victoria Hospital Foundation

P.S. Your contribution of $22 a month can help us offer Victoria Lifeline to someone in need, making a profound difference in their life and the well-being of our community.

P.P.S. To learn more about the impact of your generosity, please watch this video about my mother, myself, and the life-saving difference Victoria Lifeline has made.