Wednesday's Ruck & Maul
ARDRON HEADS UP LONGLIST
Tyler Ardron, playing in this weekend’s Super Rugby Qualifying Final, heads up NSMT’s long-list of forty names, as Captain for the upcoming RWC. This long list is not exclusive for those currently injured who may become available. It is with interest that there are NO names from the NSMT 7’s group. We wish all the players the best of luck as they prepare for Tokyo. We especially congratulate those men who have worn The Tricolours; Hubert Bydens, Dustin Dobravsky, Doug Fraser, Ciaran Hearn, Jake Ilnicki, Dan Moor, DJ Sears-Duru and Kyle Baillie.
It is with joy we bring this clip to our readers, following up on a recent blog story. Regardless of one's opinions on either side of the question of unique drug provision, we are thrilled about this recently announced decision.
A Victoria family says the province has agreed to cover a life-saving, million-dollar drug for their young daughter. The parents of Charleigh Pollock, 3, said the province has granted them access to Brineura, a promising new medication that has received federal approval but is not covered by B.C.'s public health system.
Their daughter suffers from CLN2 or Batten disease, a rare and fatal genetic disorder that results in multiple seizures each day and eventually leads to brain damage. She is the only person in British Columbia with the disease and one of 13 children in Canada with the condition, the family says. Most children who have it die between the ages of six and 12.
The case went before the province's independent drug review committee, which agreed to fund the treatment for Charleigh. "We are in shock. We're excited. We're nervous. We have every emotion going on right now," said Jori Fales, Charleigh's mother, in an online video posted Friday. Charleigh's family learned of her diagnosis three weeks ago and launched a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the costly treatment, also known as enzyme replacement therapy. Patients with CLN2 are missing an enzyme which leads to brain damage. Brineura, administered every two weeks through a tube into the brain, helps replace that missing enzyme.
Charleigh's parents, Trevor and Jori, shared the update in an online video. (Facebook) The treatment is new and costs more than $1 million a year. But clinical trials have shown promising results, the family says. It will slow Charleigh's rapid deterioration until a cure is found, they say. The girl suffered an unexplained seizure, the first sign of the disease, eight months ago. As the disease worsens, a child will go blind and lose the ability to walk and speak. They eventually develop dementia and lose all cognitive function. So far, Charleigh, who's a few weeks shy of her fourth birthday, is still walking and can say a few words. She's being nourished with a feeding tube.
"This is the first step in a long journey ahead for our family."
Also at this time our thoughts are with former, long-serving Coach, Lee Lindwall who is undergoing some major health issues.
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