On Friday, May 10, 2019, Luke Fillion walked from Hamilton to the base of the CN Tower in Toronto in memory of his mother Janis for his sixth-annual Fillion’s Footsteps for Palliative Care in support of St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation.
St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation supports the largest adult inpatient Palliative Care Program in Canada, with 475 admissions last year.
Between 2014 and 2018, Luke has raised nearly $21,000, which has supported the purchase of vital equipment and patient amenities such as patient chairs, vital signs machines and wireless scanners for bedside medication carts.
Luke has set a $6,000 goal for 2019. This year’s proceeds will support the purchase of:
- A virtual-reality (VR) set so patients can have an “out-of-hospital” experience without leaving St. Peter’s Hospital. The VR program, for example, can enable patients to have a final opportunity to visit a beach.
- Privacy screens in the Family Room. When patients are in their final moments surrounded by their loved ones, the screens allow for enhanced privacy.
- Specialized bed alarms that alert care teams when a patient with cognitive impairments has accidentally wandered from their bed.
- Dry-erase white boards for patient rooms to highlight birthdays, messages from families, and patient orientations (such as names of nurses, dates, etc.).
- Telephones for patients to call their families.
You can still donate to help Luke exceed his $6,000 goal. Donate today at hamiltonhealth.ca/fillionsfootsteps.