Thank you for supporting Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba with RBC Race for the Kids!
All funds raised will go towards the Better Futures campaign, Manitoba’s largest-ever donor-driven campaign in support of child health, which focuses on three areas of strategic priority in pediatric health care: critical infrastructure and facilities, leading-edge pediatric research on childhood illnesses, and innovative programs to bring comfort to families in hospital – like the Indigenous Community Healing Space and Child Life programming this race will directly support.
The Indigenous Community Healing Space at HSC Children’s Hospital will provide families with a safe space for healing while they’re away from their home community and cultural supports.
Child Life programs provide comfort to kids and families in hospital and include:
- Children’s Hospital TV (CHTV), the in-house TV station that provides free programming for all patients and broadcasts a live, daily show to engage and entertain kids in hospital
- Music Therapy
- The library program
- The playroom, that has toys, games, space for special celebrations, activities like arts and crafts and a mini hospital environment where kids can learn about procedures and treatments they will experience in hospital
Thank you for helping #GiveBetterFutures for sick and injured kids!
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Together as a community we can help HSC Children’s Hospital care for more than 140,000 patients every year and offers important support to their families.
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Provide comfort items that help kids manage anxiety & stress while in hospital for tests and treatments
Support development of culturally safe spaces and programming in hospital for kids to feel safe while away
Develop programs for mental health care for kids closer to home, their families and support networks
Help build safe playspaces for kids experiencing mental health challenges that require them to stay in hospital.
You can help kids like Janessa.
When Janessa was 11 years old, she needed to be rushed by Medivac from the General Hospital in The Pas to HSC Children’s Hospital. But her health journey started much earlier. At age five she started having high fevers and recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs). Nearly every two months for a year her mom would seek help at the local nursing station in Pukatawagan. The UTIs got worse and Janessa was in more and more pain, so the family drove 210 km from their home in Pukatawagan to The Pas emergency room, where they were referred to HSC Children’s in Winnipeg.
At HSC Children’s, doctors told the family that Janessa’s kidneys weren’t functioning properly. One was small and the other was diseased, causing urine to back up in the kidneys, thus causing the constant UTIs. Janessa had a surgical procedure that would prevent further backup into that kidney, but the diseased kidney a bigger concern.
The family took the train or airplane every three months from Pukatawagan to Winnipeg for check-ups. By age seven, Janessa had Stage 3 kidney disease but was stable for several more years, until age 11 when doctors said she had reached Stage 4 kidney disease with 25 per cent kidney function that continued to decline.
The family then packed up and found a place to live near the hospital in Winnipeg. Janessa was in kidney failure and needed a transplant, which happened in December of 2020 and was a success. Now Janessa continues to visit the hospital for checkups on her kidney function and her family has moved home to Pukatawagan where she can get back to activities she loves, like dancing.
You can help kids like Janessa by supporting Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. Learn more about Janessa’s story at goodbear.ca/Janessa.