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20 THURSDAY February 6, 2020 • BurnabyNOW

Communitynow Variety telethon returns Sunday Burnaby’s Jongbloets family is a pretty independent crew. But sometimes a little help is welcome, especially fromVariety – the Children’s Charity, which is getting ready for its annual Show of Hearts telethon. The Jongbloets will be there discussing the challenges the family faces every day, and howVariety has

supported them. Featured will be dad Jamie, son Johannes and daughter Parker. Johannes is just turning 15 and has severe hemophilia A (Factor XIII deficiency).Variety provided Johannes with specialized braces in 2006, orthotics in 2012 and a manual wheelchair in 2016. “Without that, he wasn’t very mobile at all, so that

was a big gift for us,” Jamie said in an interview with Global BC. “Variety really has been amazing.” Parker is 11 and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age two.Variety provided Parker with a continuous glucose monitor so that she and dad would be able to monitor her blood sugar levels throughout the day and night.

These are the many ways thatVariety supports children in B.C., but to do that requires money. That’s where the telethon comes in. It takes place on Feb. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Global. Donations can be made by calling 310-KIDS, online at variety.bc.ca or by texting KIDS to 45678 to make an automatic $20 contribution.

For families: Jamie Jongbloets, son Johannes and daughter Parker are seen interviewed by Global’s Chris Gailus and Sophie Liu, along with Cally Wesson, CEO of Variety. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

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