Last week I had the opportunity and honor to tour one of our local children’s hospitals [Children’s Health Foundation in London, Ontario] through the Children’s Miracle Network in our area with the #MiracleMoms tour. The Children’s Miracle Network is an organization that helps raise funds for local hospitals, creating real-life miracles.
Luckily, my family has never had the need to use the Children’s Health Foundation’s facilities on any ongoing basis; we have been fortunate that my daughter has only ever had one visit to the emergency room. Although we thought it was serious at the time, it turned out to be fine.
So many kids, however, are not as fortunate and spend countless hours in the hospital. We were very lucky that we had such a wonderful facility so close; the Children’s Hospital Foundation here sees over 88,000 children a year, with 35,000 clinic visits a year–they do amazing work as do many of the Children’s hospitals around North America.
Touring the hospital, we were able to see how important it is to make sure that a child’s stay, whether it be on a long-term basis or on an outpatient day basis be as “normal” as possible. A lot of these children are very ill and are fighting to survive, but children are children first. Along with the incredibly dedicated and wonderful staff, there is a therapeutic clown, something that is quickly becoming routine to see in children’s hospitals across North America. It was wonderful to see how he brings smiles to the children’s faces, and hope that maybe for a few moments they forget about the tubes and machines around them.
As we toured the clinic and the different floors at the Children’s Hospital Foundation, we were introduced to all the advanced monitoring technology and systems, new treatment rooms, the security and safety features, as well as the patient rooms with internet access and games so that the kids can still have fun while they are in the hospital. All this is incredible and necessary but they come with a big price tag.
We were told that although most of the equipment is used quite extensively, they generally have a life span of 10 years at the most; in order to meet the increased demands of the ever changing technology and advances in treatment they have to be changed. Just one incubator for a preemie can cost $55,000! Most of the pumps and other tools that were necessary in the ICUs were all upwards of $2,000 each. I know that if my child were to need any of this equipment or technology, I would want to know that it would be available.
In order to make sure that our children’s hospitals are properly equipped in this way they need major funding. The Children’s Miracle Network creates real miracles by raising funds for these local children’s hospitals so that they can keep giving the required care to so many children in need.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America, which, in turn, uses the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of their mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.
This Christmas instead of purchasing gifts for people who are hard to buy for, please consider making a donation in honor of your children’s teachers, your family, and your friends to help support the Miracle Network and their hospitals. Thank you! You can help by clicking the button below.