A special sendoff was held the Qualicum Beach Airport on Feb. 24 for Qualicum First Nation Chief Michael Recalma and town Coun. Scott Harrison. Harrison will donate a kidney to Recalma Feb 28 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. (Photo courtesy Frances Recalma)(Photo courtesy Frances Recalma)

A special sendoff was held the Qualicum Beach Airport on Feb. 24 for Qualicum First Nation Chief Michael Recalma and town Coun. Scott Harrison. Harrison will donate a kidney to Recalma Feb 28 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. (Photo courtesy Frances Recalma)(Photo courtesy Frances Recalma)

LETTER: Recalma family grateful for community support

‘No words can be spoken for the sacrifice’

On Feb. 24 at Qualicum Beach Airport, there was a sendoff for our brother Chief Michael Recalma, wife Sharon Recalma and donor Scott Harrison, with Mike to receive a kidney transplant in Vancouver.

The family extends their gratitude to Scott for the “gift of life – gift for life”; no words can be spoken for the sacrifice.

Since Mike had been diagnosed with kidney failure in 2018, there has been tremendous outpouring of community support.

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The family would like to extend sincere thanks to the following:

Iskwew Airlines; Dr. R. Carson, nephrologist; VIHA staff and doctors, renal dialysis units, RNs and NUAs; Oceanside Health Centre; Kidney Foundation BC Yukon; Granny Go Go; First Nations Health; Qualicum First Nation council – staff and community members; Bow Horn Bay community members; Belly Laughs Navel Academy; Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76; Qualicum town council, Mayor Brian Wiese; Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Philip Wolf; CHEK News, Syke Ryan; all social media messages received and prayers. Also thanks extended to those who were tested to see if they were a match for a kidney donation.

Mike, Sharon and Scott, as well as Mike’s son Francis and wife Tiffany, they have been overwhelmed with friends and family support. Gilakas’la.

Frances Recalma and Recalma Family

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