A $300,000 donation has been made to the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in honour of a child lost too soon.
The “friend’s of Iron Will” have devoted four years of time to raise funds for the new hospital, and will have the Ear, Nose and Throat examination room named after the 13 month old child.
Mother Desiree Rattray explains the story of Iron Will.
“Our son Will was born in 2012 with some health problems, he lived for 13 months and in that time he visited multiple hospitals in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and had multiple surgeries, test, therapies, you name it,” Rattray says. “Unfortunately we lost him suddenly in August of 2013.”
“Iron Will” ended up passing away due to heart failure, but he continued to be an inspiration to those around him with his cheery smile through all of his treatments while he was alive.
Spokesperson Lynn Redl-Huntington talks about the impact of what the “Iron Will” Ear, Nose and Throat exam room will have on the hospital.
“It’s not a space that exists in the current facilities, so what it will really do is allow kids like Will who are battling diseases of the ear, nose and throat to be diagnosed and treated by the specialists with the right equipment, in the right space, right here in home without needing to be in centres spread out right across the province.”
The Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital is at 80 percent completion, and is scheduled to be complete late next year.