Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation
Our Story Why We Exist
During a volleyball tryout, she experienced bad pain in her back, knee and hand. Tests ordered by her family doctor came back normal. The pain resurfaced and Maddie went to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, where specialists noticed her spleen seemed enlarged and ordered some scans. Soon, Maddie and her family were given a shocking and devastating diagnosis. She had a cancerous mass called neuroblastoma that was 20 cm by 10 cm in size located behind her spleen and wrapped around her aorta.
Because it was too risky to operate, Maddie underwent four rounds of chemotherapy to try and shrink the tumour. It caused her to become very sick and she even woke up Christmas morning with her hair falling out. Unfortunately, even after chemo, the mass remained, so despite the risks, it was determined surgery was the only option. Her surgery team set out to remove the majority of the tumour but, in the end, removed all 15 lbs. of it during a 14-hour operation.
Maddie is now leading a happy and healthy life and using her outgoing personality and quick wit for good. She, along with friends, family and supporters, have raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation to help other kids. Her tumour was donated to the “Tumour Bank” where researchers can take samples of it for their studies. Her story continues to inspire those close to her and strangers alike.
Maddie is one of our many inspirations. With your help, we can continue to achieve the best possible outcomes for all of the young patients who rely on the hospital.
Our Impact What We Do
The Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation helps provide kids and their families the best possible care right in our own community. Our goal is simple:
- To help children who suffer from an injury or illness go back to doing what they do best: Just being kids.
As the official fundraising body for the Alberta Children's Hospital, all money raised is invested in the hospital and child health needs in this region. Through the generosity of our donors, we are able to provide funding for family-centred programs, specialized life-saving equipment and advanced pediatric research and education. We support excellence in pediatric health care, with focuses in Brain Health, Childhood Cancer, Life-Saving Care, Genetics and Research.
We are honoured to work with the dedicated team of caring professionals at our hospital and even prouder to be part of a community that shares our vision. Together, we can build healthier futures for all of our children.
Our Programs How We Do It
Generous community support helps establish new initiatives and resources at the hospital as well as develop and upgrade current ones. The Foundation works closely with Alberta Health Services to support the work and mission of the hospital. Representatives of the hospital serve on the Foundation Board of Directors. Likewise, the Foundation is represented on the Hospital Management Council and the Child Health Advisory Committee.
While changes have been made in health care over the years, the principle on which the hospital was founded remains the same: The Alberta Children's Hospital is dedicated to providing the finest possible health care for our children. Today's challenge is to maintain these exceptional standards at a time when pediatric practice is changing. Calgary's population is growing rapidly and new advances in treatment and medical equipment are available, but expensive.
The generous support received by the Foundation from our many donors is a constant source of encouragement and hope to the patients, families and staff of the hospital. This funding serves to enhance not only the quality of health care, but also the quality of life for our children.
These are just a few of the many initiatives and programs made possible with donations from the community.
- Therapeutic Arts – It’s incredible to see the difference that music, art, plants and animals can make in a child’s recovery. Thanks to the help of our generous donors, we fund specialists, resources and artistic outlets for children and families who can benefit from these creative therapies in the midst of more conventional medical treatments.
- Hospital at Home – Donor support helped the Alberta Children’s Hospital launch a pilot program that was the first of its kind in Canada. Hospital at Home allows some children to receive portions of their treatment, such as chemotherapy infusions, in the comfort of their own homes, thanks to “house calls” by specialists. This relieves much of the time and financial pressures for families, as well as the emotional stress of regular visits to the hospital.
- Rotary Flames House – Located adjacent to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Rotary Flames House provides respite and end-of-life care to children with complex and life-limiting medical conditions. Donor dollars made the construction of this special home possible and community support ensures that families and caregivers benefit from respite services and day programming. Respite care not only allows for families to get much needed rest and renewal, it provides recreational, social and developmental opportunities for patients as well.
- Research – Thanks to generous community support, there are more than 200 researchers at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute working to increase knowledge about childhood disease, develop new and better drug therapies and eradicate disease for future generations. With your help, our scientists can help ensure that more children live longer, with fewer lasting side effects and to their fullest potential. Investment in research today will change children’s lives for many years to come – here and around the world.
- KidSIM – Like flight simulation for pilots, high-tech human patient simulation is becoming increasingly important in training medical professionals for potentially lethal emergencies. Thanks to community support, the Alberta Children’s Hospital KidSIM team has helped pioneer this field in Canada and provides crucial training within the largest on-site pediatric simulation lab in the country. Each year, 4,000 health care providers and students are able to use sophisticated mannequins that simulate breathing, pulses, blood pressure, speech and sound during mock trauma and resuscitation drills better preparing them for real life emergencies.
Our Requests What You Can Do
You have the power to save and change lives. Every gift – big or small – provides hope, help and healing to the 94,000 children and families who rely on the Alberta Children’s Hospital each year. Your support is helping achieve excellence in care for families who are often in the midst of very challenging times.
There are many ways to support the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.
- Circle of Care – As part of the prestigious Woodmark Group, this special program recognizes individuals and couples who support the hospital with annual gifts of $10,000 or more through single or multiple contributions.
- Legacy Gifts – Give a gift that will celebrate your lifetime and help generations of children to come by leaving a donation in your Will.
- Candy Cane Gala – Purchase a table or consider becoming a sponsor of our annual Candy Cane Gala, a black-tie event that provides a mountain of fun for the entire family.
- Community Initiatives – Organize an event of your own or set up a personal fundraising page to support the hospital.
- Radiothon – Become a Miracle Maker through our annual Country 105 Caring for Kids Radiothon by pledging $18 per month to support the care of sick and injured kids at the hospital. To learn more about our Caring for Kids Radiothon, click here.
- Kids Helping Kids –Generous kids donate money and gifts they’ve collected through many ways – from lemonade stands to head shaves and birthday parties to bake sales – to help fellow children in need. To learn more about how Kids help Kids, click here.
More information about donating and volunteering can be found on our website:
- To learn more about how to help by making a donation, click here.
Volunteering and other opportunities:
- To learn more about how to help by getting involved, click here.