Kalin Mundie is 18-years old and has Spinal Muscular Atrophy; a condition affecting the nerves that control essential muscle activities. Kalin has been coming to Canuck Place for a number of years.
It can often be difficult for Canuck Place families who have a child with a physical condition that is not commonly known about. Not only does Canuck Place provide pain and symptom management and medical respite for Kalin, but the Mundie family has become a part of a greater community of families in similar circumstances.
“It makes us more aware of other families going through similar things,” said Kalin’s older sister, Anisha. “You see how other people cope with it, and you understand it better, and you don’t feel so isolated.”
Recently, the Mundies gathered at Rogers Arena with other Canuck Place families for the Family Skate with the Vancouver Canucks, presented by the Canucks for Kids Fund. 8-year-old Rafeem was spotted pushing his older brother in his powerchair in circuits around the rink.
When asked about how Canuck Place helps, Kalin’s mom, Pinder, echoed the same sentiments as her daughter. They’re appreciative of the support they feel being around others who can really understand their family’s experiences. “With all the volunteers and nurses there, you get to be really close to them… It’s basically home away from home,” said Pinder.
Together, the clinical and counselling teams at Canuck Place provide full complement of care to the Mundies, and by meeting other families, they are able to move forward together by helping and supporting each other.
Kalin and his family are featured in the Let Your Light Shine project.