By Marianne Curtis
The community of Niverville is backing one of their own by helping raise money for live altering surgery.
The Niverville Health and Community Foundation has put out a call for support to help raise money so that Martin Giesbrecht can travel and receive medical treatment in Germany. Five years ago, Giesbrecht had an accident with a large overhead truck door which caused severe damage to the discs in his neck. This injury continues to cause pain and has limited his ability to work.
The Niverville Health and Community Foundation Inc. was established in 1994 to promote the health and well-being of residents of Niverville and surrounding communities by providing funding for various programs. One of the programs is to provide financial assistance to members of the community who cannot afford necessary medical treatment. According to the foundation, the fund is supported through donations from the public which is then distributed to qualifying community members.
“The board has approved Martin’s request for assistance subject to funds being available,” says the foundation board.
Giesbrecht was told of a doctor in Germany who has successfully helped others in similar situations, including several from Manitoba. Recently he meet with the doctor and surgery in Germany was recommended and he hopes to go in February. However, the cost of the surgery and travel has been estimated at about $42,000.
The Niverville Health and Community Foundation is inviting donations for the Medical Assistance Fund to help cover Giesbrecht’s medical expenses. Cheques should be made payable to the Niverville Health and Community Foundation and mailed to Box 354 Niverville R0A 1E0, give them to any board member of the Foundation, or drop them off at Blue River Group CAs LLP, 28 Main Street, Niverville.