Katie Hobson in the 2016 Nissan Frontier that has been purchased to replace her run-down 1995 Ford Ranger. (Submitted photo)

New truck for Abbotsford woman with severe allergies

GoFundMe campaign helps out Katie Hobson, who is having ‘tiny home’ built

An Abbotsford woman for whom a crowdfunding campaign raised enough money to purchase a “tiny home” now has a new truck to go along with it.

Katie Hobson – who suffers from several health ailments, including severe allergies that prevent her from living in regular accommodation – picked up the 2016 Nissan Frontier in Abbotsford on Aug. 19, replacing her run-down 1995 Ford Ranger.

According to the GoFundMe page, $1,000 has so far been raised towards the $19,600 cost of the vehicle. (Her parents have fronted the money.)

The campaign previously raised $59,000 for Hobson, 35, to purchase a custom-built “tiny home” made of metal and glass, which won’t trigger her health issues.

Construction of the eight-by-16-foot cargo trailer began in early August and is expected to take about 10 weeks.

RELATED: Fundraiser seeks to buy ‘tiny home’ for Abbotsford woman with severe allergies

But Hobson also needed a reliable vehicle to be able to haul the home. The truck she purchased was previously owned by a couple who are fragrance-free and only cleaned the cab of the vehicle with water.

“She is so very, very happy to finally have a reliable truck, and the least amount of smell that is possible. This is a huge burden lifted for Katie,” her mom Ronda posted on the GoFundMe page, which she set up in February.

Hobson suffers from several health issues, including extreme food and environmental sensitivities to almost everything, leading to untreatable migraines and headaches and other symptoms.

She has also been diagnosed with refractory gastroparesis (a rare gastrointestinal disorder), primary immune deficiency disease, multiple chemical sensitivities and mast cell activation disorder.

Hobson wore an industrial mask for years, until that didn’t work anymore. She also socially distanced herself but now has to isolate herself entirely.

She had been living out of her 1995 Ford Ranger in an area free from the general population – and is doing well – but her family and friends wanted her to have a permanent safe spot.

The campaign can be found be searching “A Medically Safe Home for Katie” at gofundme.com.

RELATED: ‘Tiny home’ being built for Abbotsford woman with severe allergies

fundraiser

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

The 2016 Nissan Frontier that has been purchased for Katie Hobson of Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)

Just Posted

IIO recommends no charges in Maple Ridge police shooting

Kyaw Din was killed by the RCMP during a mental health incident in August 2019

Horgan promises more child care at $10 per day during Maple Ridge visit

Liberals say the NDP has failed to deliver on daycare

Rivers could rise rapidly as heavy rains hit Lower Mainland

Larger rivers to reach peak levels on Thursday or into Friday, according to high streamflow advisory

B.C. election campaign comes to Ridge Meadows Thursday

Horgan in Maple Ridge, Wilkinson in Pitt Meadows

B.C. reports 91 new cases as officials remain worried over ‘clusters of COVID-19

There have now been a total of 8,395 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began

Increased border enforcement curbs cross-line parties at Peace Arch State Park

Gatherings between U.S. and Canadian citizens ‘a daily carnival’ – resident

B.C. Green leader says NDP abandoning environmental plan

Horgan’s claim of unstable government false, Furstenau says

Mounties impound car of impaired driver celebrating birthday in North Vancouver

RCMP say the person was driving with their headlights off

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Transgender B.C. brothers debut fantasy novel as author duo Vincent Hunter

‘Transgender people are being misrepresented in popular fiction and media, and we aim to change that’

UPDATE: Abbotsford high school killer back in court for ‘not criminally responsible’ hearing

Gabriel Klein was previously convicted of stabbing Letisha Reimer to death

Rainfall warning says significant showers forecast for entire region

Rain moving across Howe Sound, The Fraser Valley and northern parts of Metro Vancouver this morning.

Most Read