Debbie Buchanan, far right, with two of her kids Nicolle and Kyle, will be at a fundraiser on Nov. 30 to help pay off her medical bills after suffering from a major stroke. (Photo provided by Kyle Buchanan)

Debbie Buchanan, far right, with two of her kids Nicolle and Kyle, will be at a fundraiser on Nov. 30 to help pay off her medical bills after suffering from a major stroke. (Photo provided by Kyle Buchanan)

Fundraiser benefits Sooke woman who battled ovarian cancer, then stroke

The event takes place at Sooke Legion on Nov. 30 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Kyle Buchanan wanted to surprise his mom when he came home early from a motorcycle trip with his dad, but he ended up finding his mom lying on the floor with a face so swollen she was unrecognizable.

“‘Oh no, mom!’ were the first words my dad shouted,” said Buchanan.

Kyle furiously ran up the stairs to find that his mom, Debbie Buchanan, had fallen out of bed and hit her head on the bedside table due to a major stroke.

They tried moving her, but her neck was in too much pain.

The Sooke woman would end up stuck in a hospital bed recovering for nearly 11 weeks. Doctors told the family that she was left-side deficient and would be tied to a wheelchair for the next few months.

READ MORE: Sooke mom launches GoFundMe campaign to get medical treatment for son

Due to this tragedy, her husband Ross had no other choice but to enter early retirement to take care of his 63-year-old wife.

Though this news pained the family, they were ready to take on whatever hardships faced them – after all, Debbie had been fighting ovarian cancer since 2015.

She was taking a new trial of chemotherapy twice a month when the stroke happened earlier this year.

“My mom was always an anchor for us,” said daughter Nicolle Buchanan. “Whenever we were in trouble, we’d go to her to help us figure things out. Now, the tables have turned and my dad has taken on that role. It’s difficult because now each family member is doing their best to pick up the slack.”

ALSO READ: UPDATED: Langford stuffed animal thief comes forward

Debbie is in therapy now. She’s trying to regain movement on her left side, but she can’t move her hip and has to use a brace on her leg to hold her stable. Now, her days are mostly spent in her own bed instead of the hospital bed.

Nicolle noted that her mom is always tired, but is determined to be positive and walk into a special event just for her this Saturday.

The family has planned a Music Bingo Fundraiser to help pay growing bills, including the price of a wheelchair, physiotherapy charges, home nursing costs, medications and building ramps for her home.

The bingo night will have a silent auction, raffle prizes, and entertainment by Westshore Music Bingo. The family has started a GoFundMe page, which has raised just over $3,000 with a goal of $25,000.

Any extra proceeds raised at the fundraiser will go directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada on behalf of Debbie.

The event takes place at the Royal Canadian Legion in Sooke, 6726 Eustace Rd, on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 7 to 10 p.m. The auction and raffle will be cash only. To donate, head over to www.gofundme.com/f/t5tt2t-help-debbie.

Just Posted

GardenWorks nursery in Oak Bay at its home until August. (Black Press Media file photo)
GardenWorks puts down new roots in Oak Bay this summer

Nursery shifts down The Avenue to fill former fitness studio space

Flowers and candles were laid on the driveway of the Weber home, where Kerri Weber was found dead in November 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Langford man to stand trial for death of his wife last November

Ken Weber is charged with second-degree murder of his wife, Kerri Weber

Victoria Police Department vehicles outside the headquarters building. VicPD (Black Press Media file photo)
Gorge Waterway’s muddy bank swamps man’s attempt to flee Victoria police

A wanted man got stuck in the Gorge Waterway while fleeing police on June 15

Police dog Obi assisted in an arrest Tuesday night after a man reportedly damaged a Victoria restaurant with a large steel beam. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Police dog called in after Victoria restaurant damaged with steel beam

Suspect reportedly entered restaurant and started damaging walls

Police dog Hitch helped arrest a man who had reportedly threatened the security guards of a Victoria shopping centre with a knife on June 15. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)
Man with knife arrested after reportedly threatening Bay Centre security guards

The K9 unit’s police dog, Hitch, was deployed to assist with the arrest

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

(Black Press Media file photo)
POLL: When was the last time you visited the mainland?

The films are again lighting the screens at local theatres, the wine… Continue reading

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of June 15

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz have set their wedding date for February, hoping that more COVID-19 restrictions will have lifted. (The Macleans)
B.C. couples ‘gambling’ on whether COVID rules will let them dance at their wedding

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz pushed back their wedding in hopes of being able to celebrate it without the constraints of COVID-19

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Report calls for airlines to refund passengers for flights halted due to COVID-19

Conclusion: federal help should be on the condition airlines immediately refund Canadian travellers

Green party Leader Annamie Paul speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Paul has survived another day of party strife after a planned ouster shifted course, leaving her with a tenuous grip on power ahead of a likely federal election this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Green Leader Annamie Paul blasts ‘racist,’ ‘sexist’ party execs who sought ouster

Fallout has continued, with two of the federal council’s members resigning

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says re-opening B.C.’s border to the U.S. ‘is not in our best interest’ right now. (B.C. Government photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry (B.C. Government photo)
B.C. records 113 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, four deaths

Vaccination of young people rising quickly, near 75 per cent

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S President Joe Biden shake hands during their meeting at the ‘Villa la Grange’ in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
Biden says meeting with Putin not a ‘kumbaya moment’

But U.S. president asserted Russian leader is interested in improved relations, averting a Cold War

Marine biologist Rick Harbo pulls a lid from the Ladysmith harbour, which he uses to monitor the presence of native and non-native species in the Ladysmith harbour. (Cole Schisler photo)
Unidentified sponge may be the latest marine species invading Island harbour

Marine biologist finding dozens of alien species in warm-water Ladysmith Harbour, none threatening

Most Read