William Wan (left) and his wife Julia (right) have been walking Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, every week until May 31.
Photo courtesy Vancouver Coastal Health
A senior walks for all Richmond patients
Published 12:58 PDT, Wed May 17, 2023
Last Updated: 2:36 PDT, Wed May 17, 2023
A senior living in Richmond has been walking in the neighbourhood around the Richmond Hospital area to raise funds for the Richmond Hospital Foundation. William Wan, since May 1, has walked at 10 a.m. for one to one and a half hours every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, every week around the Richmond Hospital neighbourhood. He has received various medical services and treatments at the hospital between 2019 to present, and is extremely grateful for the care that he has received from health-care providers. The professionalism and warmth that he has received has aided in his recovery in his fight against cancer.
“Due to the professionalism of health-care providers in the hospital and the supports of friends and relatives, especially my wife and children, I am gradually regaining myself and professing on a thorny road to recovery. In order to turn my adversary into celebration, I intend to cherish the “Glory of Life” with all patients,” said Wan.
Despite his diagnosis, Wan has continued to fight on, the love and care that he has been provided with by nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals encouraged him to organize the Senior Walks for All Richmond Patients (SWARP), in hopes to raise funds that would result in a larger modernized hospital that can accommodate the needs of a growing population.
“All patients, young or old, will continue receiving top class hospitalization. Thus, I decide to grasp this precious moment of time while I am still able and capable to accomplish the proposed charity Walkathon,” said Wan.
Wan also hopes that this event can encourage others in neighbouring communities to organize their own events. “I sincerely hope my “small step” will make a “big step” towards raising funds for said purpose that will benefit patients, not only for those living in Richmond, but also in proximity areas, such as Ladner and Tsawwassen”.
Donations can be made online at richmondhospitalfoundation.com/william-wan-walk-for-hope/, mailed in to Richmond Hospital Foundation at 7000 Westminster Highway, Richmond BC, V6X 1A2, marked for SWARP. All donations are welcome, and walkers who are available are encouraged to join William.