“YOU NEVER KNOW WHO WILL NEED THE HELP OF THE CHILDREN’S NEXT.”
Proud mom Katrin Nakashima wrote these fateful words in a 2003 fundraising letter for the Children’s that also served to announce wonderful personal news: the adoption of her second son, Justin.
Kathy joined the board of directors at the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation back in 2001 out of gratitude for her first son Jordan, also adopted from birth. Jordan’s only trips to the hospital were the result of being a rambunctious toddler. His third birthday was a fundraiser for the Children’s so that he would learn from an early age …
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DR. SHERIF EMIL IS DIRECTOR OF THE DIVISION OF PEDIATRIC GENERAL AND THORACIC SURGERY AT THE MONTREAL CHILDREN'S AND A PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRIC SURGERY AT MCGILL UNIVERSITY.
When did you realize you wanted to be a doctor, or work in the medical field?
I only realized it midway through my undergraduate degree in engineering. Both my parents are physicians and I was an only child, so for everybody, it was obvious I’d become a doctor too one day. I didn’t like that. It was as if it was predestined, and I had no say. But …
Anna was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on Sept 19, 2011, when she was only two years old. We came to the Children’s ER thinking she had an ear infection. Learning that she had cancer and not an ear infection was beyond brutal, we couldn’t believe it. And knowing her treatment was going to last almost four years, was another shocking news.
Anna in 2011
But many good things happened too: being treated by Dr. David Mitchell and his amazing team at the Children’s made this journey an uplifting experience! As soon as were admitted to Sarah’s Floor, we …
"Maritsa spent half of her life in chemotherapy," says her mom, Rose-Flore.
Maritsa was doing well last fall when she met our spokesperson, P.K. Subban despite being treated for leukemia after a first relapse. Doctors were confident that she could go back to school and return to her normal life.
In May, Maritsa underwent a lumbar puncture and what they dreaded the most occurred: she had a second relapse. In mid-June, a fever brought her to the Children’s ER and she has been in the hospital ever since.
"At the beginning, Maritsa was in so much pain that she couldn’t move her …
Andrea and Robert Krieble have been involved with fundraising for the Children's for over 15 years. Ever since they learned they would have to rely on the expertise of the hospital for their own daughter, however, their involvement has taken on a whole new meaning.
At the tender age of three months, Emily had been grappling with a persistent cold when her family brought her to the Children’s. Doctors conducted a battery of tests to rule out different scenarios. One test came back positive: Emily had cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs most critically, but also the pancreas, liver, and intestines.