Our Reya Sunshine

Vanessa and Julian welcomed their precious baby—Reya Stephanie Murphy Hine—on Monday, March 11, 2013 at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver.

Reya was delivered by C-section eight weeks early but still managed to weigh in at a respectable 1.776 kg (3.9 pounds). With long femurs, Vanessa and Julian are confident she will hit the ground cycling in no time.

Now that Reya has arrived, Vanessa will begin intensive cancer therapy. Vanessa and Julian have a challenging time ahead, having to temporarily relocate to Vancouver, caring for a premature baby while working through Vanessa's treatment at the same time.

Since sharing their news about the cancer diagnosis, Vanessa and Julian have received many offers of support and questions from people wondering how they can help. They feel truly blessed to have so many fantastic people in their lives. Their hearts are full, knowing that they have such a large circle of family and friends (whom they consider family).

In addition to offering your kindness and love, helping them financially will alleviate some of the pressure they are facingany amount of donation will assist in relieving the financial stress on this amazing couple.

Thank you for your support; it truly is heartwarming. No words can express the gratitude that is felt but know that Vanessa and Julian care about you all deeply.

There are three ways we can accept donations:

1. Our preferred method: We can accept Interac e-Transfers sent to  our.reya.sunshine@gmail.com (copy and paste this email address).

2. If you prefer, we are glad to accept PayPal donations.

3. Or, if you would like to send a cheque, please contact us, through our.reya.sunshine@gmail.com (copy and paste this email address).

For more information, contact Deb Hine in Ottawa or Karen Goodwin in Whistler at our.reya.sunshine@gmail.com (copy and paste this email address).