It has been a long time since I have wrote on my blog.

I received an email the other day which I felt I should share. It is from a Realtor in our office.

 We at REMAX all put a portion of every home we sell to the CMN,  Children's Miracle Network.

Sometimes you just don't know what you are doing makes a difference.


As many of you already know, at noon on Christmas Eve our little Grandson Oliver Billyard (6 years old) was MRI ‘ed in the Lethbridge Hospital and diagnosed with a brain tumor. At 5:30pm the same day he was admitted to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary and medications were administrated to reduce swelling in preparation for surgery. His parents and brother Isaiah moved into the Ronald McDonald House and his little brother Jack moved in with Katie and me. On Thursday the 27th at 8am the neurosurgeons determined he was ready for surgery and he underwent 6 hours of intensive surgery during which time they successfully removed a 4 cm tumor. By 7pm the same evening Oliver awoke and displayed full physical and mental functions, remembering everyone and everything that had happened. An MRI on the 28th showed that better than 95% of the tumor was removed and the surgical team was satisfied with the result. Since then our brave little boy has recovered remarkably making great progress every day, with the last of the extensive network of tubes and connections removed on New Years’ Eve. On New Years’ Day the neurosurgeon determined he was strong enough to go home and he was discharged in the afternoon. While the pathology of the tumor is not completed yet, we are given reason to be optimistic about the results.

The Children's Hospital is a remarkable facility and the Ronald McDonald house is an unbelievable asset for families under these circumstances. Our family could not be more thankful to the RE/MAX organization and especially to everyone in the Lethbridge office for their generous donations that made this Miracle happen.


Thank you all!


Jim & Katie Saunders