This Year's Family
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Meet the Wiggins
Chelcie and Alvero Wiggins are high school sweethearts, they have four children: 14, 7, 5 and 3 years old. Alvero is 33 years old and Chelcie is 30 years old. Alvero has kidney disease and is in kidney failure. He does dialysis daily for 9-10 hours a day at home while waiting for a kidney transplant. His doctor put him on mandatory medical leave in December of 2019 as his illness does not allow him to work.
Prior to being put off work Alvero worked for 8 years at Hope Blooms and for 2 years at LOVE NS. He remains an active and positive community member in the North End. Chelcie returned to school at NSCC in September and is taking Medical Administration.The family currently lives in an unsafe and unhealthy environment. The area is rife with rodents which cause unsanitary conditions and Alvero needs a hygienic environment for his dialysis. The environment puts them at risk on multiple levels.
Jaden will be fifteen in September and is going into grade ten. Jaden is funny, smart, and has a deep love for basketball. Ball is life. Aside from basketball, Jaden enjoys music and playing his PS4. Jaden's favourite colour is red and his ultimate dream is to play basketball professionally. Later this year, Jaden will be applying for his first job.
Chevayo is so smart. He is a dinosaur expert and has made our home a dinosaur loving home. Chevayo loves foxes. They are his favourite animal and he knows facts about many different kinds of foxes. Chevayo is seven years old and is currently in grade one. He likes playing video games with his brother and sisters, acting out different dinosaurs scenes from Jurassic World, and also making forts. When he grows up he wants to be a palaeontologist. Chevayo's favourite colours are orange and blue.
Javier is a parkour master. Javier loves to climb, jump, and balance on anything and everything. Javier loves dinosaurs and any kind of bus. His favourite thing to do is ride the city bus and when he grows up he would like to be a bus driver. Javier is five years old and will finish primary this year. Javier's favourite colours are orange and green.
Alaya is a super star. She loves to sing, dance, act, cook, make potions and play dinosaurs. Alaya is four years old. She loves her family and playing with her brothers. Alaya sets up her performances in the living room to sing and dance for the family. Alaya's favourite colours are pink and purple.