The 15th annual Harvard Broadcasting radiothon is under way — raising funds for the nearly complete Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital.
A special part of this Radiothon has always been a visit from Desiree and Jason Rattray – who speak fondly about their little boy, Will.
His nick-name was Iron Will. Will died of unexpected heart failure in August 2013.
Desiree Rattray says Will was an incredible inspiration.
“He was born in 2012 with some health problems,” Desiree explained. “And we spent weeks in the hospital with him, both in Regina and in Edmonton. We know how important it is to have a children’s hospital in Saskatchewan for families here.”
The Rattray family has raised about 300-thousand dollars for the Children’s Hospital and say they will continue to do so in order to see this hospital thrive.
“We took four years to raise 300-thousand dollars for the Children’s Hospital,” Desiree said. “And we could not have done it without the support of community, the support of sponsors. Yes, it’s a large dollar amount, but every dollar that’s raised is helpful and important and will help get the doors open to this hospital.”
That sum raised gives Will’s family the naming rights to one of the exam rooms at the hospital
“We know that the outcome for us and for Will probably would have been the same,” Desiree said. “But just the difference it would have been to have a hospital here in Saskatchewan for us during that time. It’s so important for us to continue supporting the radiothon and the foundation.”