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By Louis,

Touching testimonial of a 16-year-old

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I'm in Sec 5 and I can't wait to see what the future holds for me. I never would've said that a year ago though, when I was feeling suicidal. I used to hate myself so much. When I looked at myself in the mirror, I thought I looked big. I felt so ugly in my skin that I thought if I walked out in the street, people would look at me and be disgusted by what they'd see. I especially hated my curves. Some men made me feel bad about my body. So I decided to stop eating. I limited myself …

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By Louis,

A mother who cares

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At the Children’s, there’s a saying that “kids must still be kids”. Jennifer Michelin Berzan understood that the day she first brought her son Alexander to the hospital for his asthma problems.  She and her sister were frequently treated at the hospital when they were young and her short stay with her son made her realize the limited resources the hospital had to entertain children.  She decided to do something to change this, and take advantage of a valuable opportunity to teach her kids the importance of mutual aid and sharing. With help from family, friends and the community, Jennifer and her sons …

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By Louis,

Actions speak louder than words

Katrin Nakashima

“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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By Louis,

Dr. Emil: “I call patient care the bookends of medicine”

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Get to know Dr. Emil better: 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 …

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By Louis,

Anna wouldn’t miss this event for the world

Anna in 2016

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 …

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