Last year, my granddaughter Sarah got a lot of mail. A lot of mail! Thousands of letters and birthday cards came in from across Canada, the States, and from as far away as Australia all wishing her a happy 12th birthday. It meant the world to us, especially because there have been times in the past nine years that I worried that she wouldn’t make it this far.
You likely know her story; it’s been all over the news: Sarah was three years old when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Since then, her leukemia has returned four times and she’s received so many different treatments: chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, CAR-T cell therapy, and a stem cell transplant. It’s more than anyone should have to bear, never mind a young girl.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a hospital like Stevenson Memorial Hospital close to home. We’re trying to revitalize and grow our hospital; we need your help to do it. Your gift of $25, $50, or maybe as much as $100 will help more and more patients like Sarah. Patients who, even when you don’t know what’s wrong, you know in your gut that something just isn’t right.
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I remember it clearly: it was a few days after Thanksgiving 2012, and Sarah hadn’t been feeling well. We took her to Stevenson and we were very lucky we did. After waiting in Emerg, a doctor gave us the news no family member ever wants to hear: Sarah needed to be taken to Sick Kids in Toronto – she was septic! There was no time to waste; a helicopter was flying to transport her now! I have no doubt that if she had to take an ambulance instead of a helicopter, Sarah would not be with us today; she wouldn’t have made it.
Currently, Sarah receives her treatments at Sick Kids and at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, but Stevenson was the hospital we went to first. Stevenson was the hospital that ordered her blood work, and Stevenson was the hospital that first discovered that something was wrong with Sarah, acted quickly, and did everything they could to buy her more time. Stevenson’s quick response saved Sarah’s life!
We all have a story about Stevenson. What’s yours? And how much will you give to ensure that Stevenson is better able to serve you and families like yours… years into the future? What can you give to a hospital that has given us all so, so very much?!