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By Louis,

The power of giving

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Brenda Beaudoin doesn’t just give to the Children’s Foundation, she gives back. Brenda knows first hand how important donor support is for receiving top-of-the-line care. She was just 10 months old when she underwent surgery at the Children’s. Later, when both her sons needed treatment—for multiple open heart surgeries or debilitating migraines—she realized again how important the Children’s community really is for her family. “I give to the Children’s because they gave life to me,” Brenda explains. “You cannot put a value on life, but you can put a value on time, which is what the Children’s gave us.” Time to spend …

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By Louis,

Doc Talk: Dr Geneviève Bernard

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When did you first realize you wanted to be a doctor? When I was in cégep, my grandmother had a heart attack and my parents weren’t able to answer my questions about it.  That’s when I realized I was interested in the “why” and “how” when it came to health problems in general. If you hadn’t gone into medicine, what other career would you have chosen As a teenager, I considered going into fashion but quickly realized that artistic endeavours were more of a hobby than a real career for me. If I hadn’t gone into medicine, I would have become …

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By Louis,

176 transfusions later – A father tells his story

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Gabriel Bellefleur, a patient at the Children’s, recently received his 176th blood transfusion; his father looks back on the family’s journey at the Children’s It was November 2003. My wife, Pascale, had been bedridden at home for several weeks because of complications with her pregnancy. But this time she’d been admitted to the hospital because things weren’t going according to plan. “Don’t worry,” I told her. “Once we’re home, everything will be fine and it’ll all be over.” The night she gave birth, I rushed over the hospital. “Congratulations,” the doctor told me, “you have a healthy baby boy!” HEALTHY—that’s what the …

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By Louis,

Extreme Endurance Bike Ride Raises $100,833 for Montreal Children’s Hospital

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25 riders arrive in Montreal today after completing a grueling 3-day 576 kilometre trip from Toronto as part of the CIBC 401 Bike Challenge, an initiative of the Piccoli family.  Riders raised $100,833 for young cancer patients on Sarah’s Floor at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Mr. Piccoli launched the CIBC 401 Bike Challenge after his wife’s battle with cancer.  Riders travel between Canada’s two biggest cities along one of the country’s most densely populated corridors.  “Completing an extreme distance ride is something I always wanted to do and what better way to align a physical effort like this than to …

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By Louis,

You have a better chance of winning the lottery than encountering Hunter’s medical condition

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Most people remember their Boxing Day for the deals they got. For my family, Boxing Day 2015 was the beginning of a long and scary ordeal. That day, my husband saw our toddler’s eyes shake in a weird way, from left to right very rapidly, like REM movements, but while he was awake. He caught it 2-3 times. A few days later, Hunter fell and hit his head. He seemed okay so we didn’t go see a doctor. But on Dec. 31, we noticed Hunter’s shaking again more often. I wanted to go to the local hospital but my husband insisted …

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