HAMILTON, ON: McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation celebrated its annual Miracle Weekend on June 3 and 4. MacKids, their families and hundreds of community members joined together for the fun festivities, while fundraising in support of McMaster Children’s Hospital.
The weekend featured two major events: the sixth annual MacKids Walk & Wheel, brought to you in conjunction with presenting partner Mercedes-Benz Burlington, and the fifth annual Miracle Plane Pull.
After walking or riding at the superhero themed MacKids Walk & Wheel, registrants enjoyed free access to MiracleFest, which included lunch, the popular Teddy Bear Hospital sponsored by RBC Financial Group, inflatable bouncers and many more family-friendly events. At Miracle Plane Pull, 24 teams tested their strength by pulling a 125,000 lb. Boeing 727 for 25 feet.
This year’s event featured three Superhero Ambassadors, each with remarkable stories about how McMaster Children’s Hospital has impacted their lives:
- Thirteen-year-old Superhero Yuna requires lifesaving dialysis three times a week for a type of kidney disease called IgA nephropathy. Despite her numerous visits to McMaster Children’s Hospital, Yuna keeps up with her schoolwork and is enjoying Grade 8.
- Seven-year-old Superhero Quentin was born prematurely with a condition called gastroschisis, where his bowel was protruding from his body. He underwent surgery for the condition at McMaster Children’s Hospital when he was only 11 days old.
- Superhero Abbey’s friend Zoë passed away in January 2015 due to complications from a muscle disease. While grieving her loss, Abbey saw an ad for Walk & Wheeland decided that participating was a great way to honour her friend.
With more than 1,400 participants, the two events combined raised more than $250,000, with donations still being collected. Funds raised from Miracle Weekend will support the purchase of highest priority needs at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Over the past six years, MacKids Walk & Wheel has raised more than $1 million.
“Miracle Weekend is the celebration of the miracles that happen every day for the patients and families across the region who rely on the care at McMaster Children’s Hospital,” explains Jennifer Laughton, Vice President, Development, McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Thank you to all participants, fundraisers, sponsors and the superheroes in our community for making this year’s Miracle Weekend a huge success.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our many community partners who play an important role in Miracle Weekend’s success,” says Pearl Veenema, President and CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation. “I am tremendously thankful to presenting partner Mercedes-Benz Burlington, whose ongoing commitment to The Foundation has had a huge impact on patients across our supported Hamilton Health Sciences hospitals and cancer centre.”
On behalf of the patients and their families, McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation thanks everyone for supporting its goal of Health Care, Transformed for the children and youth of the region who rely on McMaster Children’s Hospital and for making Miracle Weekend a tremendous success.
Donations can still be made here or 1-866-622-5437.
About McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation:
McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation, as part of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, is focused on raising funds in support of McMaster Children’s Hospital, including Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre, McMaster University Medical Centre and their programs. The Foundation provides funding for leading-edge equipment and patient amenities, innovative research initiatives, redevelopment of patient care spaces, and the education and training of health care providers.
McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation supports specialized pediatric and women’s reproductive health programs. The second largest provider of inpatient pediatric services in Ontario, the site is also home to a dedicated pediatric emergency department, more than 40 outpatient clinics, the province’s largest neonatal intensive care unit including supportive maternal care, the largest single-site inpatient pediatric mental health program in Canada, and the only pediatric trauma centre in the region. Specialized outpatient services are provided at Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre, as part of McMaster Children’s Hospital. At its shared home with the Hospital, McMaster University Medical Centre delivers a wide range of women’s reproductive health services, including high-risk obstetrics and pre-natal screening, as well as a number of adult outpatient and day surgery clinics. The Foundation is focused on enabling outstanding patient care through its goal of Health Care, Transformed.
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