An online fundraising campaign has been launched to raise money for a bursary fund in memory of Emily Janzen, who is believed to have been killed by her father, Randy.
Paula DeWit with the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra says it will be awarded to a promising student who wants to pursue music education.
“We believe it will honour Emily’s memory, we also think it will help us grieve as a community. Something horrible has happened, and we believe this can be something great that can come out of that. Maybe a little bit of talking about migraines and mental health, stuff like that, we want something good to come out of this, to be able to reach out to our community and let them know, there is hope and help.”
A memorial service is also being planned for Emily.
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Meanwhile, a high school friend of Emily Janzen questions whether more could have been done to support the family in dealing with their daughter’s chronic pain.
Eighteen year old Emily Bleakney says she watched Emily Janzen struggle with debilitating migraines that forced her to miss much of her senior year.
She says at first she was angry with Randy Janzen, as he admitted on Facebook to ending his daughter’s life to stop the pain.
“Once I kind of had some time to think it over and realize how much he did care about her, it kind of started to make more sense that he felt helpless, and the doctors, I know that they weren’t as helpful as they could be, I know that they don’t have a cure, and I know that he was frustrated with that.”
Emily and her mom shared their frustrations on social media, with Laurel Janzen tweeting “Watching someone I love in unbearable pain everyday for 18 months and I feel helpless. #weneedhelp. ”