The CEO and President of the Children’s Hospital Foundation says she is overwhelmed by the generosity given over two days towards the new hospital – which is due to open in 2019 in Saskatoon.
The Harvard Broadcasting radio-thon reached thousands of people throughout the province and Brynn Boback-Lane says every donation counts towards realizing the dream of having a hospital in Saskatchewan for sick children.
In total, $450,578 was raised the past two days, bringing the running total close to $5-million raised for the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon, which is set to open in 2019.
“You can’t just have one or two specialists who can some and take care of a population,” Boback-Lane said. “Saskatchewan is growing and you need a facility that is absolutely geared towards children.”
She says Saskatchewan is growing so quickly and was in desperate need of such a facility
“It’s another reason why you want to stay in this province,” Boback-Lane said. “We know of families that have had to leave for medical attention and care outside of the province because we don’t have that nucleus of specialty and a place where other specialists want to come and do their work.”
Boback-Lane says this facility has been years-in-the-making, but the efforts will finally be seen in two years. She says this hospital for children is long overdue.
“It’s just amazing to me that we had to wait as long as we did,” Boback-Lane said. “In 24 months, this will be open to every child that needs it across this province. That’s a huge thank-you to Saskatchewan”