VIDEO: B.C. woman helps father with ALS spend one last Valentine’s Day with his wife

A woman made a video of the day as a keepsake

A Langley woman helped her parents Janet and Dennis Compton reunite at home on Valentine’s Day. Dennis is battling ALS. (Lauren Compton/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

To help her terminally ill father spend more time with the love of his life, a Langley woman helped organize one final Valentine’s Day surprise.

“He doesn’t have much time left, we know this is his last Valentine’s Day,” said Lauren Compton.

Compton’s father Dennis, 71, is currently battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in a Surrey hospice.

“On Valentine’s Day, I decided to pick him up and take him home to see my mom… he has always given her flowers on Valentine’s Day,” Compton noted.

READ MORE: Langley teens spread the love to residents at Langley Memorial Hospital

In keeping with tradition Dennis arrived home on Valentine’s Day to gift his wife Janet, 63, a bouquet of blooms.

As a keepsake Compton made a video that documents the day leading up to her mother’s emotional reaction when she sees Dennis come home.

The video shows the pair sharing a tearful embrace.

“I didn’t originally plan on making a video… [and then] I just couldn’t stop watching it,” Compton said.

Dennis first started experiencing symptoms of ALS in March when he began to lack movement in his foot.

“He just wanted to fight really hard,” Compton explained.

After Dennis was diagnosed he created his own acronym for ALS: alive and living strong.

ALS is a disease that gradually paralyzes people because the brain is no longer able to communicate with the muscles of the body, according to the ALS Society of Canada.

“He didn’t actually think he would make it to Christmas,” Compton said.

To help their father add to his legacy Compton and her two sisters organized a gofundme campaign to raise money for the ALS Society of BC.

The goal was to raise $2,000, instead the campaign raised $24,000.

“He was so overwhelmed,” Compton said. “He was crying, he was so emotional.”

Because the group donated the money raised on Giving Tuesday the ALS Society of BC matched the donation.

READ MORE: Lions Clubs donate generous gift to local hospital to help Langley breathe easy

“The money went directly to providing equipment to families who have someone struggling with ALS… so [they] can live comfortably in their home,” Compton explained.

Dennis has been fighting to stay alive until June, but Compton believes he doesn’t have much time left.

“He really wanted to survive until June 19 of this year because that’s [my parent’s] 40th wedding anniversary… he’s really hung up on this idea of hanging in their until their 40th wedding anniversary, but unfortunately that’s not going to happen for him.”


@JotiGrewal_
joti.grewal@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Langley

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Lauren Compton helped her father Dennis Compton surprise her mom on Valentine’s Day. (Lauren Compton/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Just Posted

College of the Rockies distributes over 75,000 items of PPE to local healthcare workers

Cranbrook, Kimberley and Gold Creek campuses donated their supplies from health and first aid programs

RCMP outline what callers can expect amid COVID-19

RCMP around B.C. are maintaining their core policing services and working to… Continue reading

More snow expected overnight Tuesday: Mainroad

Get ready for another blast of winter. Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting has… Continue reading

Search and Rescue B.C. urge caution during COVID-19 pandemic

B.C. Search and Rescue Association and Emergency Management B.C. issued a statement… Continue reading

Cranbrook Bucks add two more players to growing roster

A forward and a goaltender have committed to the newest BCHL franchise for next season

‘The Office’ star John Krasinski offers Some Good News in trying times

‘The human spirit still found a way to break through and blow us all away’

No laws in B.C. to force businesses to offer refunds, even during a pandemic

Black Press Media talks to Consumer Protection BC on how to navigate during COVID-19

COVID-19 essential workers can apply for B.C. pre-school child care

Parent referral opens, providers offered emergency funding

Most abiding by COVID-19 rules, back fines, arrests of those who aren’t: poll

But 64 per cent said they’ve personally witnessed people not respecting the measures

Walkers, grocery store customers courteous with physical distancing in B.C.

Some cyclists also acknowledge each other and walkers as well on a wide trail

B.C. worker advocate group calls for more sick days, protected medical leave

COVID-19 highlights need for changes to workers legislation: Retail Action Network

New rules issued for B.C. construction projects, work camps for COVID-19

Coastal GasLink, LNG Canada, Trans Mountain and Site C carry on

Most Read