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By Catherine,

The Christmas gift you are waiting for

Thomas

It was the most wonderful Christmas present our family could have wished for; last December 24th, the Montreal Children’s Hospital called us to make an appointment in early January. What a relief! A few weeks prior, we had learned that at only one month old, Thomas suffered from Craniosynostosis – when the suture in the skull prematurely fuses by turning into bone – and would require skull surgery. Our pediatrician had only seen such a case once before in 25 years of practice. I was therefore eager to discuss with specialists to better understand what was in store for our …

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By Catherine,

An Easy Way to Make a Big Difference

Terry Tretiak

Terry Tretiak and his wife, Claude Lebel, have two young children who received care at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. To express their gratitude they historically donated to the hospital’s foundation with cash donations but realized that they could optimize their donations if they donated by way of a gift of shares. A gift of shares is one of the easiest and most tax-effective ways of donating. Individuals who donate shares to a charity are entitled to claim a tax deductionand are not taxed on the capital gains. “We called the Montreal Children’s Foundation to find out more about the …

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By Catherine,

Giving Tuesday: Making Magic Happen

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Robert and his nephew wanted to pay it forward after having their jersey signed by P.K. When they entered Loic’s room, who has Morquio A syndrome, they saw right away that he was a big hockey fan! Loïc was all rolled up in his blanket with his favorite team’s colors and his walls were covered in posters. His mother had to prepare him for his surprise visitors, which is no simple task. Loic breathes through a respirator and must always travel with it in his wheel chair. Once ready, Loic, who was all smiles, went to meet the generous donors …

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By Catherine,

Léo: going the extra mile

Leo

Two-year-old Léo is a happy little boy. “he is always smiling,” says his mom, Adeline. Happy though he may be, little Léo doesn’t have an easy life. Léo was born with MEDNIK Syndrome, an extremely rare, inherited multisystem disorder that kept him in the Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for the first nine months of his life. He was finally able to go home, but only once his parents were taught critical skills to deal with their baby’s many health issues, including serious gastrointestinal problems, a severe skin condition, and low muscle tone. “It was bewildering, everything we had to learn,” says …

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By Catherine,

Acknowledging Montreal Children’s Hospital’s Fine “Old Lady”

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*This article from Dr. Michael Shevell was first published on the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres blog a few days prior to the move. “The times have changed, conditions of practice have altered and are altering rapidly, but when a celebration takes us back to our origin in simpler days, we find that the ideals which inspired them are our today-ideals which are ever old yet always fresh and new.”

Sir William Osler, 1903

Hi Everyone, On May 24, the building at 2300 Tupper  aka (at least to me) "The Old Lady" will stop being what it has been for just under a …

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