Welcome to A Freezing Father's Fundraiser 2018!
Our family life was pretty awesome. Good jobs, a home to call our own, and two amazing children. Ben (7) and Elan (3) were the best of friends. Running through the sprinkler, sliding into the paddling pool, or Ben hurrying to after school care to see Elan after a day of being apart, they were always doing things together. But one fine July day their togetherness came to an end. Elan's body betrayed her, sending her into seizures, one on top of the next until she slipped into unconsciousness, only to be sent into the next seizure. Her body was stiff, her eyes rolled back, unable to communicate. I foolishly thought children's Tylenol could break the cycle but it was no match for Elan's illness. The tiny bit of medicine I managed to get into her may have given us an hour or two of consiousness; if only we'd known they would be her last.
During a span of about six hours and after every possible illness had been ruled out by clinicians from the Stollery ER and the PICU, all that remained was the shell of a former princess. After Ben had his final moments with his baby sister, and after our assembled family and friends took time to say goodbye, we snuggled her for the last time.
A Freezing Father's Fundraiser was born after ten hard years of grieving, which is never finished. We will grieve Elan's loss until we die ourselves. However, after last year's unprecedented $28,000 donation we are ready to meet or beat our goal of $15,000 in 2018. We'd like to see some new things for the Pediatric ICU transport team to help children breathe easier. In transport, whether by air or ground ambulance, this updated equipment will deliver humidified oxygen at a higher pressure to the nostrils which results in fewer incidents where a tube has to be placed down the patient's throat to the lungs, which helps them breathe but can be difficult for the patient.
This year the Freezing Father will freeze so babies can breathe easier. And we hope you'll join us by making a donation.
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