It’s that time of year again; the people of Saskatchewan are being asked to reach into their pockets and donate to the 14th Annual Children’s Hospital Radiothon.
For two days, Harvard Broadcasting is live on-air from Hill Tower II in downtown Regina, sharing the inspirational stories of those Saskatchewanians who have been impacted by children’s hospitals across the country.
Bryn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, says donating to the Radiothon impacts us all.
“Everybody’s been touched by a sick child somewhere. You never want it to be your family, but if it happens, you know that this facility and the equipment that we purchase now will go into the new children’s hospital,” said Boback-Lane. “At this time, we need to take care of our kids today.”
The money raised in the Radiothon will go towards immediately funding new medical equipment for children who are sick right now across Saskatchewan.
Even though the province’s children’s hospital is set to open in 2019, it’s what this money raised in these two days can help do in the meantime.
Since 2002, the Children’s Hospital Radiothon has raised more than $3 million for the Foundation — most of which goes towards funding new medical equipment.
Boback-Lane says, in the last decade, technology has changed so drastically that new equipment is needed.
“It’s really important to keep up (with equipment) so that it takes care of our children in a better way and we give them better quality of care,” said Boback-Lane. “Through all of the support that’s raised at this Radiothon, we’ll be able to buy several pieces of life-saving equipment for our kids in Saskatchewan.”
It’s because of updated equipment that Nick Grodecki has a close connection to this cause.
After one of his newborn sons’ bowel detached from his abdominal wall, causing him to suffer a perforation, it took five surgeries and a total of 102 days in a Calgary children’s hospital before his son was on his way to recovery.
Grodecki says the care his whole family received in a the children’s hospital was special.
“The care and the family atmosphere that they give you,” explained Grodecki. “I still remember they brought a swing in for my other son who was spending 12 hours a day in the room with my wife — it’s stuff like that that’s fantastic.”
Like Grodecki’s family, Dylan Stinson is also familiar with the importance of children’s hospitals.
Stinson was diagnosed with an illness several years ago and told 620 CKRM’s Jamie and Gloria on Wednesday that he had to spend years travelling out of province to doctors to eventually learn what was making him sick.
“I was diagnosed with Colitis in 2009,” said Stinson. “Through many different medications and a couple different doctors, I finally got diagnosed with Chon’s Disease.”
Last year, the Children’s Hospital Radiothon raised more than $500,000 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. This year, they hope to top that total.
To donate, drop by Hill Centre Tower II Wednesday and Thursday, call 306-352-KIDS (5437) or toll-free at 1-888-808-KIDS (5437), or online.