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Room for Generosity and for Love

Un égoportrait d’Helen et de ses élèves qui ont contribué à amasser des fonds en hommage à son époux décédé, Stéphane.

Helen Stavaris is an award-winning teacher of Business Administration at Dawson College. It was there that she met Stéphane Houle, also faculty at Dawson in Radiological Technologies (Diagnostic Imaging). It was not long before a love story bloomed and the two were married. Unfortunately, on Thanksgiving weekend of 2010, the sudden and untimely passing of Stéphane at the age of 48 brought the love story to a heartbreaking end. The shock of the tragic news devastated all those who knew Stéphane. Stéphane`s students that semester took up a collection among themselves and presented it to Helen with a special request to make …

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Jaxon’s heart was barely the size of a walnut. And he needed an operation…

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Tuesday, my little Jaxon, only 10 months old, underwent his second open heart surgery. How many people do you know that have been operated on over five times before turning one? My first pregnancy went so well, I didn’t even consider that the second one wouldn’t. I gave birth to a little boy, Jaxon, without too many complications. However, within the first hour of his life, Jaxon turned blue. Worry set in, especially once I was told that he needed to be rushed to the Children’s as his body wasn’t receiving enough oxygen. The telephone rang – it was a doctor …

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By La Fondation,

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 La Fondation,

Doc Talk: Dr Geneviève Bernard

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Since publishing this article, little Raphaël has succumbed to his disease. He, alongside all the other young patients affected, is a true source of inspiration for all the researchers who continue to push boundaries to find a cure. With the help of the families, Dr. Bernard is advancing research that helps treat and cure as many children as possible. But she needs your help.

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.  …

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By La Fondation,

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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