A GoFundMe has been organized by the friends and family of a patient who will undergo the Medically Assistance in Dying (MAiD) program.
Dallon Johnstone suffers from complex regional pain disorder — a form of chronic pain that usually affects an arm or a leg which is out of proportion to the severity of an initial injury.
The fundraiser will help to cover funeral costs for Dallon’s mother and sister.
Dallon was first diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome five years ago and unfortunately, the cause of complex regional pain disorder isn’t clearly understood and is incredibly painful for those experiencing it.
“This is a rare disorder that causes him to be in endless severe pain, without any cure,” the fundraiser read.
“There have been many failed attempts to relieve any amount of pain; including amputation, various pain killers, infusions and nerve blocking.”
Organizer, Fiona Formby, noted that Dallon has had a criminal past, but has since learned and owned up to his mistakes.
In October 2014, VicPD reported that Dallon Kyle Johnstone was wanted by police after bilking a local woman out of thousands of dollars.
More than a year later in March 2015, Calgary Police reported that Dallon was wanted on an Alberta-wide warrant for fraud under $5,000.
Dallon had allegations of fraud through which women were being approached through online dating websites and solicited for money.
Formby, forwarded a statement from Dallon to Victoria Buzz on his past and how he’d like to be remembered.
“I’ve been asked a few times how I’d like to be remembered when I’m gone, and I think I’d like to be remembered as a caring, loving and forgiving person, a good son, friend, brother and uncle, and as someone who took responsibility for his mistakes and learned from them.”
Dallon announced the date for his medically assisted death on TikTok, where he has close to 40,000 followers.
On July 22nd, Dallon will pass away and donate his organs.
Since 2016, it has been legal in Canada for an eligible person suffering intolerably from a grievous and irremediable medical condition to access Medical Assistance in Dying.
MAiD permits a doctor or nurse practitioner to assist an eligible patient in voluntarily ending their life.