Friends determined to finish house for Vernon dad sidelined by cancer

Homer and Denise Alexis with their kids, and grandkids.
Image Credit: Evelyne Boissy

VERNON - Efforts are underway to ensure that when a Vernon man returns from cancer treatment in Vancouver he’ll be coming home to a finished house.

Homer Alexis started feeling ill about a month ago, but chalked the symptoms up to the flu. When he didn’t get better, his wife Denise drove him to Vernon Jubilee Hospital where he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. The next day, May 29, he and Denise were flown to Vancouver so he could start intense chemotherapy treatment.

Homer and Denise have a big family, with seven children, and started building a roomier home last year. They moved in before it was finished, and now the remaining construction is on hold because of Homer’s condition.

Evelyne Boissy and her boyfriend Scott Wodinsky are good friends of the family, and are hoping to make Homer’s journey to recovery a bit easier.

“They are just amazing people, always there for everybody,” Boissy says. “We’re trying to raise some money to help them financially so they don’t have to worry.”

They’re also hoping to finish up the house for when Homer and Denise get back. That won’t be for some time; Homer’s treatment is supposed to last seven weeks followed by an outpatient stay of about three months.

“At least when they come home they’re going to have peace. They won’t have to worry, the house will be done and they can concentrate on Homer getting healthier,” Boissy says.

Okanagan Aggregates, Tolko and Shepherds Home Hardware in Armstrong have already donated building supplies and Boissy says others can help either by donating money, or time.

“What we need is any skilled carpenters to come and help,” Boissy says.

A TD Bank trust account has been set up under Evelyne Boissy and Michelle McCullough, account # 9880-6490021. For donation of materials or time, contact Scott at 250-540-3137.

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