Local resident hosting a live auction for the Melville family | Energeticcity.ca

Wilson says Alara’s doctors want to perform a cardiac catheterization procedure to open up his pulmonary artery. Depending on the results, she may need to undergo another open-heart surgery.

Mike Melville, Alara’s father, was also diagnosed with stage three colorectal cancer in September 2021.

Mike underwent surgery called a loop ileostomy – where a loop of small intestine is extracted through a cut in the abdomen, before being cut open and stitched to the skin to form a stoma. This is done so that waste products and gas don’t reach the colon or rectum, according to Cancer.net.

Mike’s chemotherapy cost the family $8,000 a month, which Wilson says isn’t covered by the federal or provincial government.

Radiation therapy or intravenous chemotherapy treatments are free for cancer patients, but those who need oral cancer drugs usually have to pay.

Since Fort St John Hospital does not offer radiation therapy, Mike is forced to live in Prince George for the next few months. Once the tumor has shrunk and been removed, Mike will be able to go home to continue chemotherapy.

Auction items are accepted until January 31, with auctions running from February 1 through February 14.

Anyone wishing to bid on an item can do so at Facebook or in person at Tenacious Detailing.

Residents or businesses wishing to donate an item or service are asked to call or text Wilson at 250-224-0154, Nicole Sorin at 250-271-1208 or email mail to [email protected]

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