Ben Ellens

McMaster Children's Hospital Foundation (Hamilton)

My Activity Tracking

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My target 5 kms

We are supporting the McMaster Children's Hospital Foundation.

Charities need us more than ever and that is why we’ve signed up for the first-ever global, virtual RBC Race for the Kids to raise much-needed funds for youth charities around the world.

On August 7th, our son Clark experienced a worrying neurological episode, which according to a local ER doctor, was due to a concussion from a fall we believed he had. After a week of immense improvement, we noticed an increase in symptoms again and our parental gut instinct was to go straight to Mac. He began to have multiple significant episodes where he would lose the ability to control the right side of his body, inability to speak, walk, and some loss of memory. The pediatric team at Mac ran multiple diagnostic tests, which spanned three full days, until they were able to find the issue. Clark was diagnosed with having a pediatric stroke and multiple recurring TIA’s (mini-strokes) due to a very rare form of inflammation. McMaster Children’s Hospital is the fourth largest pediatric hospital in the country, and they apparently see maybe 10 children a year with a similar diagnosis, but even at that, his specific situation was so unique, many doctors hadn’t seen anything like this before.

His current treatment plan appears to be working and we are optimistic the treatment will continue to heal the inflammation and prevent further episodes while he heals. Clark has an amazing team of doctors committed to making his recovery a success and chance of recurrence again very slim.

We are grateful to the pediatric team at McMaster Children’s Hospital for working so swiftly and diligently to find a cause and a treatment for Clark. So many special departments needed to work together in such a short period of time, their dedication to helping our son was amazing. It was a miracle they could find a diagnosis for something so unique and rare so quickly. We always felt like we were in the best care even with a circumstance many had not experienced before.

Thank you!

#RBCRacefortheKids #mackids

My Achievements

My Updates

15 days to go until race weekend!

Friday 2nd Oct
Thanks to our amazing friends and family, we have almost tripled out initial donation goal and we still have two weeks left until the #rbcraceforthekids event!

We wanted to thank everyone who has supported, donated, and shared in our excitement to support McMaster Children's Hospital.  We are thrilled we have this opportunity to spread awareness and encourage fundraising for all that MacKids does for children in our area. 


Thank you to my Sponsors

$103

Allison Morrow

Fully support you guys and such a great cause!

$100

Ben Ellens

$52.53

Diane & Dick Netherway

Well done, Ben, Jess, Clark and Sadie!!

$51.50

Dave Fulton

$51.50

Kristina Hunter

Clark is the strongest, bravest friend we have!!! Thinking of you lots!!! Love Ben and Luke xo

$51.50

Ashley Parkes

From all the Conradi’s and me lol

$51.50

Keith Mcconkey

Great cause!

$51.50

Christina, Silvio, Emilia And Gabriella F

We can't wait to cheer you on!!!🥰

$51.50

Barb Vrhovsek

Stay strong Clark. Hugs to you and your family! We miss seeing all fo you.

$51.50

Stuart Cullen

$51.50

Heather Penney

$51.50

Peter Schatz

$51.50

Karn Ellens

$50

Karen Williamson

$50

Matthew Kalagian

$50

Rachel Stafford

We continue to hold Clark and your family in our prayers. So thankful he’s on the mend!

$36.05

Tammy Palumbo

Know that we continue to pray for your whole family ❤️

$36.05

The Whyte Family

So thankful for the support you now have for Clark!

$36.05

Stefanie Humby

$36.05

Jacalyn Britton

$25.75

Erika Varga

Go!!! Clark!!! Go!!!

$25

Pearl Paul

Go Clark Go!!!!!

$25

Glenn Graham

Great cause-well done for getting involved to give back!

$20.60

Stephanie And Dave Isaak

$20.60

Anonymous

$20.60

Reb & Carlos (clark’s #1 Fans)

So inspirational!! You guys are amazing

$20.60

Brooke & Damian Whitlock

$20.60

D. & S Cronsberry

$20.60

Douglas Hunt

$20

Anne Euchler

So glad that you had such good care at such a scary time. So happy that he’s recovering so well! Love that you’re doing this! Good for you for giving back! All the best, Anne and the boys!

$19.62

Anonymous

Y-Tee

$19.62

Anonymous

$19.62

La-las-windmill

$19.62

Anonymous

Clarkie Bear

$19.62

Anonymous

Snoopy

$19.62

Anonymous

Cherry Pudding