CJAY 92 Calls Upon Listeners to Contribute to Family of 17-Month-Old Calgary Girl in Need of Heart Transplant

— September 24, 2014

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CALGARY(September 24, 2014) –CJAY 92 is calling out to listeners to help a local Calgary family currentlyfacing a desperate medical situation. Alivia, the Gallant family’s 17-month-olddaughter, has severe heart failure and is currently on the transplant list toundergo a heart transplant within the next six to 12 months in Edmonton. Tokick-start the fundraising initiative, CJAY 92 has donated $20,000 from thestation’s Gerry Forbes Secret Wish program to the Gallant family, in response to thefamily’s public outreach for assistance with expenses relocating from Calgary toEdmonton – money needed to help keep the family together during this difficulttime. 

“When I talked withGerry Forbes about helping out, we were both in tears. Anything we can do tohelp this family through this difficult time, we will do,” saidRoss MacLeod, Program Director, CJAY 92.

The Gerry ForbesSecret Wish program is a year-round effort by CJAY 92 to help Calgarian familieswith children during times of hardship. The Gerry Forbes Secret Wish is fundedby the CJAY 92 Kids Fund through various local charitable initiatives,including the Gerry Forbes Million DollarOpen Golf Tournament,Sno-Pitch, and the generous donationsof local companies and Calgarians.

Before becoming a year old, Alivia had alreadyundergone two open-heart surgeries. The second surgery was an emergency redoscheduled to take four hours, but ended up lasting 17 hours, as surgeons faceddifficultly controlling the bleeding in her heart. She came out of the operatingroom extremely ill, needing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and a ventilatorto keep her alive.








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For more information,please contact:

Sibyl Bigler, Bell Media Radio Calgary, 403.240.5883 orsibyl.bigler@bellmedia.ca

Julie MacFarlane, Bell Media, 416.384.4623 or julie.macfarlane@bellmedia.ca