Haunted by well being woes – Kelowna Information

Photo: Madison Erhardt

Paul Coxe, home owner to the Grenfell Road haunted house.

Kelowna’s Paul Coxe has provided community members with fun memories and scares over the years thanks to his Halloween haunted house along Grenfell Road, but Coxe is worried he won’t be able to keep at it with a disease that has left him debilitated.

Weeks ago, when Castanet visited the house to check up on progress for Halloween 2018, Coxe was headed to a doctors appointment and was too weak to talk on camera.

Coxe suffers from Myasthenia Gravis, an autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes weakness in the skeletal muscles, which are responsible for breathing and moving parts of the body, including the arms and legs.

“Paul was diagnosed in 2012 with this disease and with meds it kept it under control with no other symptoms. In the beginning of March Paul felt like he had a flu bug. Then early one morning in March Paul told me I needed to take him to emergency as he thought he was having a heart attack,” the a statement on the GoFundMe page said.

After many visits to emergency a neurologist came to the realization that Myasthenia Gravis was taking over his body.

On Oct. 16-18, Coxe will undergo a five-hour IVIG treatment each day.

It can take up to two weeks before it will become clear if the treatments were effective. If it was a success, Coxe will have to go in every month for the rest of his life.

“Paul is a big Halloween nut and has put on a small haunted house for 20 years, It’s only been the last three years that he has decided to go as big and take donations of cash or food to the Kelowna food bank.”

“Last year he brought in with the help of friends and family 4500 pounds of food and $2400.00 in cash. Paul is all about helping people and now he needs our help.”

If you would like to help support Coxe financially, click here.

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