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Quesnel foster mother overwhelmed by community support

69-year-old has fostered over 50 children, now struggling with cancer

One of many photos of Christa Eyford posted in the Quesnel Blood Donors Facebook group.
Over the course of seventeen years, Christa Eyford has fostered over fifty children and countless animals. Now the 69-year-old is struggling with a rare form of cancer that requires regular blood transfusions. "She's required over 50 to 60 blood transfusions these past two-and-a-half years," says Eyford's daughter Willow. Willow also says that because her mother is type 0-negative, they've run into obstacles getting the blood they need.

Another obstacle is the lack of a blood donation clinic in Quesnel. "The only place we can donate blood in northern B.C. is Prince George," Willow explains. "Two days a week, Wednesday and Thursday, and one Saturday a month. It's just enough to service the needs."

Listen: Willow Eyford talks about her mother
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But the people of Quesnel, including some of Christa's former foster children, have rallied to support. A Facebook group has organized car pools and even shuttle busses to transport donors to Prince George. Willow says she's not surprised that her mother has touched so many lives, but her mother is.

"She's very humble, and she always thinks there's someone worse than she is," says . "She's just totally overwhelmed by the people who have said 'Yes, we'll help.'"

A video created by Christa Eyeford's family in which they asked people do describe her in one word. "We got such a response we needed 2 songs and it still wasn't enough room," says daughter Willow.

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