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Leaders getting down to business for Tianna

Posted on 08/07/2009 12:00am

Leaders getting down to business for Tianna
J.P. Squire

Kelowna Daily Courier

Five-year-old Tianna Jack has gone through more medical crises than most of us will face in a lifetime.

The Kelowna girl's battle to survive is now urgent, and her parents, Bill and Donna, say her only hope is intense therapy in the Czech Republic, a world leader in respiratory disease treatment. However, it will cost more than $50,000 to get that treatment, tentatively scheduled for the second week in August.

"Tianna is our strong, beautiful, happy, determined daughter who accepts her life and co-operates each day in an extensive therapy program," Bill Jack, who owns Club Wine Tours, said recently. "Throughout Tianna ‚¬Ã…¡¬ÃƒÆ’‚¬¹Ãƒ€¦‚¬Å“s life, she has been faced with many challenges. She was born with three holes in her heart and developed double pneumonia. She lived in an oxygen tent for a month and was fed with tubes. She received daily ventilations, which has now caused crackles and density in both lungs."

A fundraiser will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday at Summerhill Estate Winery. Gerry Barnum will perform, and so will Tianna's 10-year-old sister, Serena, who was named top Vancouver Island fiddler at the Vancouver Island Upper Music Festival.

Tickets are $39 and available at the 4870 Chute Lake Rd. winery, Postnet at 138-1876 Cooper Rd., Cup ‚¬Ã…¡¬ÃƒÆ’‚¬¹Ãƒ€¦‚¬Å“casions at 170-2000 Spall Rd., Sandman Hotel at 2130 Harvey Ave. and the Bank of Montreal branch at 394 Bernard Ave.

Paul Dournovo with the Kelowna Business Development Network is also organizing a barbecue fundraiser 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 16 in the Safeway parking lot on Harvey Avenue.

The response from the business community was "instantaneous," he said.

In addition, the Kiwanis business group and Kelowna Hostesses have volunteered to help.
"If the word gets out, this community is extremely generous. People are really willing to give you the shirt off their back," said Dournovo.

For more information or to make a donation, call 250-712-0222 or email

Tianna is monitored by seven specialists, and the family regularly sees a respiratory specialist at Vancouver Children ‚¬Ã…¡¬ÃƒÆ’‚¬¹Ãƒ€¦‚¬Å“s Hospital. Her last examination showed a larger collapsed area of her lower left lung than a previous X-ray. Accompanied by her mother, Tianna will go to a ward where physicians can provide six to nine respiratory treatments a day for six weeks.

The Jacks set up an account in Tianna ‚¬Ã…¡¬ÃƒÆ’‚¬¹Ãƒ€¦‚¬Å“s name at the Bank of Montreal, transit No. 09890, account No. 8121079. Donations will be accepted at any BMO branch.