Cash still building to help Greta and her family

Abbotsford is continuing to rally around the five-year-old who has been diagnosed with a rare bone cancer

Greta Loewen poses with the staff of Columbia Kitchen Cabinets

Greta Loewen poses with the staff of Columbia Kitchen Cabinets

A fundraiser to support the family of a five-year-old Abbotsford girl who is battling cancer is currently about $11,000 away from its $50,000 goal.

The funds are being raised on a crowdfunding website in support of Greta Loewen and her parents Heather Munro and Tim Loewen.

Greta was diagnosed in mid-December with a rare form of bone cancer known as Ewing’s sarcoma and is currently undergoing treatment at BC Children’s Hospital.

Her parents are unable to work as they spend time with Greta – whose treatment is expected to take about 10 months – and juggle caring for their three other children.

The donated funds will help the family with their day-to-day expenses, as well as the costs of treatment for Greta that isn’t available in Canada.

This includes two months of proton therapy in Boston. Although the initial medical costs will be covered by the provincial government, the family will need to cover travel expenses, accommodation and any follow-up treatment.

Columbia Kitchen Cabinets in Abbotsford has been among the biggest supporters of campaign, and they are challenging other businesses to get involved.

Meanwhile, family friend Eileen Fisher said the amount of money collected at a massive bottle drive for the family on Jan. 3 is still being tallied.

“We were told by Regional Recycling that they have never seen a bottle drive like this, and it’s one of the biggest they have ever processed. They said the amount brought in was even bigger than public events they have done, like the Abbotsford Airshow,” she said.

Fisher said people are continuing to drop off their bottles at Regional Recycling, located at 750 Riverside Rd., and a special collection bin has been set up at the depot.

Several other local businesses are holding fundraisers to support the family.

The details are posted on the “Greta’s Team” Facebook page.

The crowdfunding page can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/l6gybtz.