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THE PROPOSAL and THE WEDDING presented by the Orléans Older Players (OOPS) in the Richcraft Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre.


CHILI & CORNBREAD CONTEST from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Abiding Word Lutheran Church, 1575 Belcourt Blvd. FREE ADMISSION.


THE SNOW QUEEN presented by the Missoula Children’s Theatre in the Richcraft Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Showtimes at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.


SING-ALONG WITH THE F.R.O.G.s (Fully Rely On God) at St. Mary’s Church Hall, 1171 Smith Rd. in Navan.

GoFundMe effort launched for local man waiting for lung transplant
By Fred Sherwin
Posted January 23, 2019

Friends and relatives of an Orléans man waiting for a life-saving double lung transplant have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help the family make ends meet as he waits for the procedure in Toronto.

Jonathan Oldroyd, 34, was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) last year. According to his respirologist there’s no reason his lungs should be so bad, the entire family is being tested as carriers of the alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency known to cause the disease.

Jonathan Oldroyd with his fiancée Amanda and their 14-month-old son Ryder. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Jonathan Oldroyd, 34, was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) last year. According to his respirologist there’s no reason his lungs should be so bad, the entire family is being tested as carriers of the alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency known to cause the disease.

Jonathan, or “Jonny” as he is known to his friends and family, is on oxygen 24 hours a day at 8 litres per minute while waiting for a transplant. He is currently preparing to move to Toronto along with his mother, who also suffers from COPD, and his father who will take care of them. The reason for the move is so that he can be in close proximity to the hospital should a pair of donor lungs become available and he can undergo the transplant.

While he is in Toronto, his fiancée Amanda must remain in Ottawa to look after their 14-month-old son Ryder while also working as an Early Childhood Educator to make sure the bills are paid. Unfortunately, rent in Toronto is extremely high and the family has limited resources. It is for this reason than Oldroyd’s sister Erin Stone recently launched a GoFundMe campaign. The goal is to raise $10,000 to cover the cost of rent and other expenses for at least four months.

“He’s just so worried about his family,” says Stone, who lives in Campbell River, B.C. “I just think this could take a huge burden off of him.”

As of Saturday night, over $1,500 had been raised in just five days which has boosted the spirits of everyone involved and especially Oldroyd’s.

“It’s given him a bit of his spark back,” says Stone. “He’s just so amazed that people care about him, and I knew they would.”

Despite some medical challenges very early on in his life, Oldroyd grew up relatively healthy. It wasn’t until 2014 that things started to take a turn for the worse.

One day while walking across a parking lot he had to stop and lean on a tree to catch his breath. After a battery of tests he was diagnosed with COPD.

He initially needed two litres of oxygen per minute while at rest only. His condition has deteriorated over time to the point where he needs oxygen 24/7.

According to the Lung Association, COPD develops over time. In most cases it is diagnosed in people over 40 years of age who are heavy smokers or were exposed to second-hand smoke over a long period of time. Others, like Oldroyd, are born with a genetic deficiency that leads to COPD over time.

Donations to Oldroyd’s GoFundME campaign can be made by visiting www.gofundme.com/jonnys-double-lung-transplant. The website has additional information about Oldroyd’s condition.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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