Steve Blackthorne was just 36 years old in 2001 when he started to have tremors. He didn’t know it then, but this was an early sign of Parkinson’s disease.
At first, medications were managing the symptoms. But over the years it only grew worse and soon the medications couldn’t address the increasingly powerful tremors.
“I started to have dystonic episodes four to five times a day,” says Steve. “It got to a point where if anyone asked me to come out, I would decline. I was afraid of convulsing in front of people.”
Steve stopped doing a lot of things in his life. He went from being a 210 pound athlete down to 160 pounds. He lived in constant fear of the pain and tremors, and as his condition kept deteriorating the fear only grew stronger.
Then he was referred to Dr. Christopher Honey, Neurosurgeon at VGH and UBC Hospital, for a life-changing medical procedure.
It’s easy to want the space and quiet that comes with the suburban life; a neighbourhood you can walk around without a care in the world. Some of us want that with a little more jazz though, a place close to the action with excellent places to eat, drink, or relax within walking distance.
Enter.. False Creek. Specifically the area around Olympic Village. We took a walk around for you so we could see what it’s got to offer you when you choose our Vancouver Grand Prize home package. Unsurprisingly we were far from disappointed. Let’s take a look!
Come along with Arran and Todd to see our stunning Langley estate prize home and see what they think of it! You could move in before the spring and start making yourself at home in this huge 6 bedroom (includes a 2-bed suite), 5 bathroom estate home boasting a half-acre of property.
See the Home online or visit In-Person (open every day from 11am to 4pm at 21754 88th Avenue, Langley).
The Millionaire Lottery supports VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and money raised goes to funding innovative research, advancing specialized adult health care, and purchasing critical medical equipment at Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, Vancouver Community Health Services and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.
Photos taken from the 2019 VGH Millionaire Lottery media launch event.
“VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is thankful to everyone who supports the Millionaire Lottery,” said Barbara Grantham, President and CEO. “Every year across BC over 700,000 people are injured, and 60 per cent of all adult trauma cases are managed by VGH & UBC Hospital. A single stretcher alone costs approximately $6,800, and the community support of the Millionaire Lottery helps fund an extensive amount of hospital equipment and specialized medical devices, as well as much-needed research; ultimately saving the lives of British Columbians every day.”
The grand prize winner of the Millionaire lottery can choose one of seven luxury homes located in Vancouver, North Vancouver, White Rock, Langley, Sidney, Sooke Point, and Kelowna. The winner also has the option of choosing $2.7 million in tax-free cash instead of taking one of the prize homes. The prize homes located in White Rock and Langley are open for tours daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“The selection of grand prize show homes this year is over the top,” said Todd Talbot, Millionaire Lottery Spokesperson. “For example, the 6,494 sq./ft. prize home in Langley, which is on a one acre lot, has four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a two bedroom legal suite, and a 1,300 sq./ft. detached shop. Truly a spectacular grand prize, and all proceeds from lottery ticket purchases go towards supporting VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation!”
Millionaire Lottery tickets are 2 for $100, 5 for $175, 10 or $250 and 25 for $500. The lottery also includes extra games: the 50/50 PLUS lottery with a maximum prize payout up to $1,140,000 (depending on the number of tickets sold), and the Daily Cash PLUS game returns with 105 days of winning, with a value of all prizes being $300,000.
To date, the Millionaire Lottery has raised over $58 million for VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. Ticket sales for the Millionaire Lottery run until midnight, January 10, 2020. Individuals can purchase their tickets on-line here, by phone: 604-602-5848, toll-free: 1-888-445-5825, or in-person at VGH, any London Drugs, or at the White Rock and North Langley prize homes.
About VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation
VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is the philanthropic partner of Vancouver Coastal Health, raising funds for specialized adult health services and research for all British Columbians. VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation partner with donors to drive innovation and sustainable health care at Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and Vancouver Community Health Services. For more information on the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation visit www.vghfoundation.ca.
We all need VGH… and VGH needs you!