As I'm sure was the case with many others who read the article (Optimist, April 29) of the shocking and tragic passing of Melissa Hance's 46-year-old husband, Reid, due to COVID-19, I was deeply impacted by this story.
My heart and deepest sympathies go out to the Hance family and all those who loved Reid.
I feel compelled to express my gratitude to Melissa for the bravery and grace she has shown by sharing her story locally and with the world, in order to help raise greater awareness of the danger this virus presents. In particular, to those who may feel they are exempt from serious harm from COVID due to age, health or fitness level.
With so much conflicting information in the news and social media regarding COVID-19, as well as fears/questions about vaccinations, lock-downs and compliance fatigue, it is safe to say we have all reached our limit. Reid's tragic passing is a sobering reminder that no one is “exempt” from COVID and we all need to continue to do our best in keeping ourselves and each other safe, regardless of our demographic.
Thank you Melissa for your heroic efforts in helping to protect other families, friends and neighbours by sharing your family's tragedy publicly, amidst your own loss and pain.
I hope everyone who is able contributes to your go-fund-me page to help ease some of the burden for you and your children.
With sincere gratitude and respect.