The Military Police Fund for Blind Children Supports a Local Family near Brandon


SLt Greg Ansley, MP Platoon Commander, CFB Shilo

On Monday, April 20, 2015, Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Shilo Military Police (MP) received a call from Kristen Breemersch stating that her daughter Katrina had recently been diagnosed with a brain tumour and was gradually losing her vision due to the size of the tumour.  She was assessed as being legally blind in her left eye and was beginning to lose vision in her right eye as well.  While speaking with a friend who works at CFB Shilo, Kristen was informed of the Military Police Fund for Blind Children (MPFBC).


Katrina has been to the Ronald McDonald House in Winnipeg frequently to undergo treatment for her brain tumour and developed a fondness for the iPads that they had.  It was much easier for her to read books from an iPad in large print and allowed her to pass the time.  Katrina wanted an iPad of her own to help her read, to play games, and ultimately to finish this school year.


On Monday, May 11, 2015, the purchase was approved by the MPFBC and a presentation date of Friday, May 15, 2015 was set at the Breemersch’s acreage in the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis, about 10 km south of Brandon, Manitoba.


Sub-Lieutenant Greg Ansley, the CFB Shilo MP Platoon Commander, accompanied by Leading Seaman Derrick Booth, the CFB Shilo MP MPFBC Representative, visited the family on Friday, May 15, 2015.  The presentation of an iPad Air 2 (Gold Edition) and case was made to an excited Katrina Breemersch.  The MP representatives assured the family that they would be willing to help out again in any way they could.  Katrina, her father Brian, mother Kristen, sisters Brittany and Brooke, and brother Kendrick all checked out the newest CFB Shilo MP patrol car.  The family enjoyed the demonstration of the vehicle’s sirens, lights, loud-hailer, and other capabilities.


The connection made with the Breemersch family is one of many the MP have made with several families since the charity’s inception in 1957.  Throughout the visit, Katrina remained strong and determined to fight her battle with cancer and vision loss.  Her story is very inspiring and, with her determination and spirit, she is bound to get through this difficult time in her life.  CFB Shilo MP were privileged to have met Katrina and glad to help brighten her day.