With less than two years left in the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan campaign, new ambassadors for its capital campaign have been announced.
Mike and Laura McCullough will be at the helm, helping in the final push towards the Foundation’s 75-million dollar goal.
Many people in Saskatchewan know of Mike. He played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders for years and helped bring home our last Grey Cup.
But Mike and Laura know first-hand about the benefits of a children’s hospital – they spent two years in and out of hospital with their son Cole who was diagnosed with a seizure disorder and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy before he passed away in 2009.
The McCullough family spent nearly two years in and out of both adult and children’s hospitals, including Kingston, Regina, Montreal, Toronto, and as far away as Ohio.
“Yeah. I have some personal experiences with it – with my wife and my son Cole,” said McCullough. “We know how hard it can be to be away from home. Luckily we had only had one child at the time. So it was a bit easier for us. With my job, I was very lucky to be able to travel with my wife and son. But all people do not have that luxury, unfortunately.”
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“We are delighted to have Mike and Laura McCullough as ambassadors for the “We Can’t Wait” capital campaign for Saskatchewan’s new maternal and children’s hospital as we head into the final two year stretch of the campaign,” says Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.
“By sharing their important story and allowing Cole’s memory to live on, Mike and Laura are putting a personal face on the need for a children’s hospital right here at home for our kids, moms, and families.”
Mike says the enormous strides taken to get the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan built over the last ten years, may still surprise many in this province.
“I think it’s come a long way in the last decade,” said McCullough. “From people not even knowing we should have one to realizing the importance of it and seeing that it’s actually come to fruition now.”
The McCulloughs say the Saskatchewan Children’s Hospital is imperative to the province. Mike adds the kids deserve the best health-care, at home.
“If you’ve never had a child who’s gone through it, you may know someone whose family has,” said McCullough. “Everyone has a connection. And you have to see how important it is to give all these kids an opportunity to get better. I mean, they’re kids. They don’t deserve what they’re going through.”