Hello all, my name is Kelly Risling. I’m writing to ask for your help on behalf of one of our own, Marc Brown, who has fallen grievously ill due to Covid. Marc is currently in Vancouver General Hospital in a coma. If he is to survive, he will need a double lung transplant. He is in dire circumstance due to the fact he lacks our Regular Member health benefits as a result of having to dismount and re-engage as a Reservist.
Marc was part of the full time Relief Unit in Nunavut when I first met him. He was doing a job that few wanted and excelled at it. Rarely have I met a member as hard working as he. After spending years in the north he was looking forward to a transfer to a specific position in BC, however, something went “wrong” at the Staffing level and the position was not offered. Marc agreed to extend another year in Nunavut as he had been advised there would be a position available the next year. Unfortunately, something went off the rails with Staffing once again. Marc accepted an alternative position that was not what he wanted. Like many of us, he looked for a move but was deemed “suitably posted” and not a priority. Ultimately, he decided to leave the Force and returned to Nunavut as a Reservist. Those close to him spoke of returning to the Force, which he wanted, but was told he would be required to remount in the division he had just left. I believe many of us can relate and have found ourselves in similar situations but very few of us have found themselves fighting for their life due to unfortunate circumstances such as Marc’s.
Can you help?
If you decide to contribute, your donation will go towards living expenses for his brother, Darrin, who has been by his side since April 10th when Marc went into coma. Darrin is a retired LEO with 32 years service formerly of London Police. The funds will also go towards post- transplant care during which Marc will be required to attend appointments twice a week in Vancouver over the course of 3 months. Marc and Darrin, who will be watching over him, will need to reside in Vancouver the entirety of this time. Additionally, the funds will be utilized for whatever medications that may not be covered by Provincial Health. Whatever monies remaining will be donated to Honour House to help others like Marc and their families.
Thank you for reading and please keep Marc in your prayers.
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