When I became a mom, the world began to look a little different. I care about new things, I worry about things that never crossed my mind before. I see miracles in minutiae and I hold my breath as I learn to let go. Most importantly, I have learned that parenthood is an alliance and we’re all in it together, no matter what our individual stories are.

That’s why Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is special to me. I believe my first connection to this pediatric palliative care facility was via Michaela Evanow and her beautiful daughter Florence Marigold, now an angel in heaven. When Florence was still with us, I joined Michaela in her campaign to collect more cheerful-looking mugs for the kitchen at Canuck Place, frequented by the parents whose children receive care there. I know how much this place means to Florence’s family and to the many, many families who require its services.

I’m always happy to spread awareness about Canuck Place – what they do and how you can support them. Please read about their fundraiser adventure race and enter below to win a race entry or an 8X10″ signed poster of Vancouver Canuck, Henrik Sedin!

About Canuck Place

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is British Columbia’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider. Over 600 newborns, children and teens with life-threatening illnesses and their families receive care from CPCH through outreach programs and two provincial hospice locations; Vancouver and Abbotsford. Services include clinical respite and family support, pain and symptom management, 24-hour phone consultation support and in-house clinical care, art and education, recreation therapy, grief and loss counselling and end-of-life care. Through the investment of the community, our talented team, and over 325 energetic volunteers we make a lasting difference in the lives of children and the families who love them.
About the Adventure Race
The Canuck Place Adventure Race is the ultimate celebration of outdoor athleticism, offering participants the opportunity to kayak, bike and run at beautiful Jericho Beach. Adventure Racers can attend training sessions and participate as individuals or in teams. There will also be a Teen Challenge heat, an updated Kids’ course, and an adaptive course for Canuck Place children. The event will raise much needed funds for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice (CPCH).
Last year, 140 Adventure Racers helped to raise over $130,000 which directly impacted the complex clinical care needed by over 600 newborns, children and teenagers with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
“We are thrilled to launch the 2015 Canuck Place Adventure Race,” said Margaret McNeil, Canuck Place CEO. “This is truly a unique event, allowing entire families to participate together. It is amazing to see the community come together to take on an athletic challenge, all in support of children facing life-threatening illnesses and their families. We look forward to seeing our community shine on race day this September!”
Join them on Sunday September 13th at Jericho Beach – for more details, please visit them HERE.
The Children You’re Helping
I read about Kaitlyn Sidhu in a newsletter update from Canuck Place and wanted to share about her here.
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Like many six year-olds, Kaitlyn Sidhu loves music, but unlike most girls her age, Kaitlyn has had to endure a lot in her short life. At birth, she was diagnosed with a rare life-threatening condition called semilobar holoprosenchephaly, which meant her brain was not fully developed. She has also undergone several rounds of extensive chemotherapy to treat cancer.

So for Kaitlyn, music is more than singing along to the radio from her car seat. She works with a music therapist at Canuck Place, where she can enjoy making music, using specially designed instruments to help express herself.

Kaitlyn also enjoys playing with her adoring older siblings, Sean and Brittany. But with three children to care for, and Kaitlyn’s complex health challenges, her parents Amanda and Robert often find themselves stretched to the limit.

This is where Canuck Place steps in. In addition to bringing music to Kaitlyn’s life, Canuck Place has opened its doors to her entire family.

“Kaitlyn has spent almost half of her life in the hospital,” said Amanda. “This meant our family was living apart, until we were welcomed into Canuck Place. The clinical team has done everything possible to help Kaitlyn. They literally saved our family from a very difficult time.”

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