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Campaign raises $94,000 to support sick kids in North Okanagan

With centralized monitoring, patients can be hooked up to a monitor in their own room, with the results displayed in a highly visible, centralized location. This means staff can keep watch over their young patients’ respirations, oxygenation, and cardiac status 24/7 and are alerted the second something changes.

“I know firsthand how scary it is to have a sick child, and what it meant to me to get the care he needed,” says Rob Ellis, whose son Hunter became ill shortly after his birth at VJH. “Hunter experienced major complications on day two of his journey, but thanks to the amazing nurses and medical staff, he was released 12 days later and has gone on to thrive.”

Hunter was only 16 days old when he presented his first cheque to the VJH Foundation. Now eight, he has become a loyal donor, joining his dad in supporting the Women’s and Children’s Health Services Unit at the hospital each year.

Hunter and his dad were on hand to present a cheque to the VJH Foundation at the recent Have a Heart Radiothon on May 31. The annual radiothon, hosted by Pure Country, raised more than $14,000 towards the foundation’s Spring Campaign.

The fundraiser also benefitted from the sales of Tim Hortons Smile Cookies, which was held earlier in the month, and received a $20,000 matching gift from a local anonymous donor, which helped boost the community’s impact.

McBrearty said it’s been awesome to watch the community come together.

“Thanks to these amazing community fundraisers and everyone who donated, we’re increasing our hospital’s capacity to care for critically ill children. This means greater peace of mind for parents and family members, knowing that their kids are receiving the very best possible care.”