Pacific Medical Law has established a bursary fund in honor of Janna Epp, a beautiful, determined young girl with cerebral palsy, who faced challenges that few of us could imagine. Sadly, on October 11, 2012 Janna passed away.
In memory of Janna, Pacific Medical Law will donate $5,000 to a child living with cerebral palsy every year, to assist with that child’s care, therapy or recreation. The recipient of the award will be selected by Janna’s mother. Every year applications are due on June 30. The recipient is selected by July 30.
2023 Janna Epp Bursary Recipient
Welcome to the Janna Epp Bursary family Jay!
We are so pleased to be able to offer financial support to Jay’s family to assist them in making necessary home modifications to provide Jay will greater access to his family home. While unable to control his body, Jay can deeply affect those around him with a simple smile – and if you are lucky you might even get a giggle. Even though Jay has had to endure significant surgeries and has high medical needs, his parents describe him as being the most calm, patient, tolerant, stoic and easy going person they know. And he is so handsome!
This year marks a very special year as it is the 10 year anniversary of the Janna Epp Bursary, a bursary provided in collaboration with Jennifer Epp, in honour of her wonderful daughter Janna, a beautiful and determined young girl with cerebral palsy. Sadly, Janna passed away on October 11, 2012. Through this bursary, we are keeping her memory alive, raising awareness of cerebral palsy and helping one family at a time.
2022 Janna Epp Bursary Recipient
We are so pleased to welcome Kenny to the Janna Epp Bursary Family!
Kenny is one of 4 children in his family and is surrounded by love and positivity. His family lives in a wonderful, welcoming community; however, their home is no longer suitable for Kenny. As a growing boy, accessibility within the home is a priority for his family. His family wishes to purchase an outdoor elevator/lift system to ensure Kenny can safely access his home and move around freely within his home in his power wheelchair.
We hope that this bursary assists Kenny’s family with the purchase of this lift to remove this barrier that Kenny currently faces.
We would also like to extend our sincere appreciation and gratitiude to Jennifer Epp for her collaboration in the creation of this bursary. This burary is a legacy to her beautiful late daughter Janna who left us far too soon and will not be forgotten.
2021 Janna Epp Bursary Recipient
Congratulations to Dianni - the 2021 recipient of the Janna Epp Bursary.
Dianni is an 11 year girl who is very social, loves music and going on long bike rides. She needs assistance with all activities of daily living due to her quadriplegic cerebral palsy. In order to provide safe and comfortable care for Dianni in her home, her parents would like to use these bursary funds to purchase a lift and changing table for Dianni. We are pleased to provide these bursary funds to Dianni's family and hope that they provide for greater ease and comfort in providing Dianni's care.
Thank you to Jennifer Epp for once again providing all families who applied for the Janna Epp Bursary with an electronic gift card for littlejtoys.ca - a website selling accessible toys created to raise funds to benefit children living with cerebral palsy.
2020 Janna Epp Bursary Recipient
Elijah - Welcome to the Janna Epp Bursary Family!
Elijah is a 9 year old boy full of life and laughter who brings so much joy to his family. His family would love to use these bursary funds to make their home more accessible so that Elijah can move more freely throughout his home amongst his brothers and sisters. We hope Elijah enjoys this greater independence in his home.
Jennifer Epp has issued all families who applied for the Janna Epp Bursary this year an electronic gift card for littlejtoys.ca – a website selling accessible toys created to raise funds to benefit children living with cerebral palsy.
2019 Janna Epp Bursary Recipient
We are pleased to introduce Kira – our 2019 bursary recipient.
Kira is a sweet, smart and funny little girl who lives a beautiful life of love and inclusion. She has recently started school and when her parents pick her up from school, her smile beams and she is overflowing with excitement.
Kira’s parents are determined to do everything they can to keep Kira healthy and to optimize her potential. They plan to use these bursary funds to assist them in providing stem cell therapy for Kira to help create new neural pathways and to retrain her brain and body.
We are hopeful that this therapy will make a meaningful difference in the quality of Kira’s life.
2018 Janna Epp Bursary Recipients
Meet Jayde and Skyla – the 2018 recipients of the Janna Epp Bursary!
Jayde and Skyla are 6 year old twin girls living with cerebral palsy. Jayde and Skyla are extraordinary little girls. They have a zest for life and have overcome so many hurdles. As you can see from their photos, they are full of love and laughter and have brought much joy to their family.
Jayde and Skyla’s biggest challenges relate to their physical disabilities which limit their opportunities and restrict their quality of life. They miss out on opportunities to play, explore and interact both in the home and in the community because of physical barriers. Both Jayde and Skyla are completely dependent for mobility and require a great deal of support and equipment to assist them, especially as they become bigger and stronger. Their parents would like to use the bursary funds toward the installation of an elevator in their home to allow full access and safe mobility within their home.
We hope these bursary funds assist in allowing the family to install this much needed elevator and that Jayde and Skyla benefit from the improvement in the accessibility of their home.
2017 Janna Epp Bursary Recipient
The recipient of the 2017 Janna Epp Bursary is Eleeka.
Eleeka is a loving child who loves hugs and attention. She enjoys listening to music, playing in the water and riding her adapted tricycle.Eleeka has cerebral palsy with complex medical issues. One of her challenges is that she is developing scoliosis. In order to aid in preventing the progression of her scoliosis, she has to wear a hard brace, which is uncomfortable, creates skin sores and limits her ability to move her body. This has limited Eleeka’s ability to enjoy her activities and has resulted in muscle weakness.
Eleeka’s parents would like to use the bursary funds to purchase a new brace for Eleeka called a SpineCor Dynamic Corrective Brace. This is a flexible belting system which will aid in preventing the progression of scoliosis while allowing Eleeka to have the freedom to move her body thereby regaining her strength, and continuing to enjoy her activities.
We wish Eleeka and her family all the best and hope that this new brace keeps Eleeka smiling during her activities.
2016 Janna Epp Bursary Recipient
The recipient of the 2016 Janna Epp Bursary is a little girl named Amy.
Amy is a fighter. She suffered a traumatic birth causing significant injury to her developing brain. However, she has defied the odds and exceeded the expectations of her doctors. She has fought through seizures, surgeries and all the complications involved. She has spent more time in hospital than any young child should. However, as described by her mother, "she keeps fighting, she keeps smiling and we keep enjoying her".
Like many children with cerebral palsy, Amy understands much of what is going on in the world around her. She has thoughts and feelings to share but no ability to communicate those thoughts and feelings with her loved ones and caregivers. Amy’s mother has a dream – and that dream is to find a way to allow her daughter to communicate. These bursary funds will be used to purchase advanced communication technology for Amy to allow that dream to come true.
We are pleased to assist in making this dream come true for Amy and her family and look forward to hearing how the ability to communicate is making a difference in Amy’s life.
2015 Janna Epp Bursary Recipient
The recipient of the Janna Epp Bursary for 2015 is a little boy named Owen.
Owen, despite all of his challenges, is an incredibly happy kid. You can always expect a smile from him, which completely lights up a room.
Owen, like all boys, would like a bicycle. We have provided these bursary funds to Owen’s family to assist them in purchasing an adaptive bicycle for Owen so that he will be able to ride alongside his brother.
It gives us great pleasure to be able to help make this possible for Owen, and we wish him and his brother endless fun on their bikes together.
2014 Janna Epp Bursary Recipient
We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the Janna Epp Bursary for 2014 is a little girl named Leila.
Leila is an extraordinary little girl with cerebral palsy who is amazingly strong and has a true zest for life. Leila works hard with her therapies and would like to try Feldenkrais therapy and therapeutic horseback riding to improve her muscle tone and decrease stiffness. She would also like a Squiggles postural support system to keep her safe and comfortable when she is out exploring the world.
It gives us a great deal of pleasure to support Leila and her mother, in this small way, to help Leila reach her full potential in life.