Sask. Thankful Families to Participate in the Next Children’s Hospital Radiothon | The Canadian News

Two families from Saskatchewan will participate in this year’s Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital (JPCH) Radiothon.

The two-day event begins November 9 and is an exclusive fundraising event that helps raise money for life-saving equipment and critical programming at the hospital.

The hospital will broadcast to more than 25 radio stations throughout the province.

“The radiothon really gives a glimpse of what life is really like within the walls of Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital. So through radiothon, we are sharing inspiring stories of children and families who require such care, ”said spokeswoman Kristina Konchak.

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One such family is the Bashforths of Regina.

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Tracy and Rory Bashforth’s 10-year-old son Aven was diagnosed with leukemia in April. He has been in and out of JPCH receiving chemotherapy treatments.

Aven Bashforth in the hospital.

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Both Tracy and Rory praised the hospital and the staff who work there.

“They understand that this is not the easiest time for you to spend right now and they are just trying to make it as enjoyable and useful as they can,” Rory said.

“There is no other place like this. Although it is scary that you will be diagnosed with something like leukemia, they make you feel so comforted by all the things that they give you, ”said Tracy.

Rory and Tracy said they were touched when asked to be a part of the radiothon, and are happy to help spread awareness and raise donations for the hospital.

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Tracy also praised the facilities JPCH has to offer, such as the Child Life Zone. She also appreciates that the rooms have couches that fold into beds so she can stay with Aven while she’s in treatment.

“Sometimes if I get sick, the nurses feel bad for me and they’re very nice about that and stuff and they say goodbye when I have to go and stuff, that’s really nice. The doctors are also very nice, ”Aven told Global News.

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Seven-year-old Easton Daae also had to spend some time in the children’s hospital this summer after a 1,300-pound tire fell on him in a farm accident.

“It was one of those things where it was like a lightning-bolt situation where the tire wasn’t even there that long and he happened and it just happened,” his father, Daniel Daae, said.

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Easton was taken to Weyburn Hospital and then to Regina, where he was evaluated before making the trip to Saskatoon by air ambulance.

“At the time, we just had no idea what a blessing it was that they decided to send us to the children’s hospital,” Easton’s mother, Lauren Daae, told Global News.

“It is designed to accommodate children and their families, and in that kind of situation, children just need their parents and their families. And we needed to be there too, just to be calm, “added Lauren.

She said they had access to their own private bathroom and laundry, as well as other kinds of care they didn’t expect.

“On top of that, the staff was amazing. All of them were specialists, nurses and doctors who seemed totally capable of working with children and that was something huge, huge. That was a huge weight on our shoulders and our minds, and unbeknownst to (Easton), I’m sure it was a great stress for him as well, ”Lauren said.

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Despite going through the terrifying experience, Easton also remembers the good memories.

“There were a lot of good nurses. They tried to make my day bright and make sure I wasn’t left out, ”Easton recalled.

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Easton Daae at Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital.

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Lauren said it is an honor that her family was asked to be a part of the radiothon.

“It’s a weird way to put it, it’s an honor to be a part of something because something traumatic happened in our family. But it is an honor because we are a success story. This is a happy ending story and we owe a lot of that happy ending to the hospital, ”he added.

The children’s hospital is trying to beat last year’s $ 640,000 total. Donations will be matched up to $ 150,000 thanks to Gord and Barb Broda.

For more information and how to donate online, visit JPCH website. Individuals can also call 1-888-808-KIDS (5437) to make a donation over the phone.

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