BY KELLY ROCHE
The family of a Streetsville woman is rallying to raise money for her medical costs following an anoxic brain injury that’s landed her in a long-term care facility.
Lori Fasano is “an inspiration. She’s everything you’d want in a mom,” said her son, Scott Fasano.
He says the former pharmacy executive, 54, began feeling dizzy and generally unwell in early 2013.
“She knew there was something going on,” said Fasano.
Shortly after, Lori and her husband, Dave, went to a Leafs-Habs game to celebrate their anniversary.
The following day, she collapsed at home — once in the front hallway and again in the bathroom.
Paramedics arrived and “she was less and less responsive,” said Fasano.
“Her heart was still working but something else was causing her to go into cardiac arrest.”
Lori was in the ICU for about a month.
She now lives in Toronto and uses a wheelchair.
“Everyday, she’s working hard to get better,” said Fasano.
The family home, though, isn’t running as efficiently as it once was.
“My mom used to buy the groceries, pay the bills,” he said.
Dave visits his wife daily and isn’t able to work a regular, full-time job anymore, said Fasano.
Nonetheless, Fasano says his mom has always supported his dreams.
Take his first Junior A hockey game in Kingston. “She made my dad drive out to watch” on a Thursday night, he said, and was back at work the next morning.
Transportation posed a challenge until last year, when the family raised $30,000 to buy an accessible van.
It’s letting them bring Lori home for visits and easily take her to rehab appointments and fun outings.
This year they’re hoping to raise $40,oo0 for Lori’s care, and go to a Blue Jays game and Niagara Falls.
The 2nd annual Lori Fasano Trust Golf Day is being held Thursday, June 30 at Piper’s Heath Golf Club, west of Hwy. 407 near Erin Mills Town Centre.
Prizes include a signed Aaron Sanchez and Kevin Pillar baseball, Scott Wedgewood New Jersey Devils jersey, and Nikolaj Ehlers Winnipeg Jets jersey, a team-signed Manitoba Moose jersey, two passes to the RBC Canadian Open, a pair of LPGA Canadian Tour event passes, golf rounds, yoga packages, and more.
Anyone interested in attending or donating can contact firstname.lastname@example.org