Proceeds will fund life-saving care, research, and equipment at St. Boniface Hospital, Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg, and HSC Winnipeg-Children’s Hospital.
“There’s never enough help we can have for our kids.”
Winnipeg Blue Bomber, and father, Adam Bighill spoke with Global News this morning to share his son’s story – and his treatment at HSC Winnipeg-Children’s Hospital – which includes multiple surgeries to his bilateral cleft lip and palate, the very same condition Adam himself was also born with.
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A nasty case of pneumonia saved Dylan Hill’s life.
At only 42 years old, Hill was fit and healthy. He had been in the in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves for five years, with all the required physicals. He had even run a full marathon in 2007 without any obvious signs of a problem.
Retired Winnipeg firefighter Rick Sterzer spent nearly five weeks at St. Boniface Hospital as a COVID-19 patient.
Though a first responder himself, Sterzer said his hospital stay has taken his appreciation for front-line staff to a new level.
“Being a patient opened my eyes to see what kind of person you have to be in these roles. The compassion they have is something you cannot teach.”
“I will never see them again in the same way.”
The Champions program is part of the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) and honours remarkable children who have triumphed despite severe medical challenges. In 2020, Brady represents Manitoba as an ambassador for the 130,000 children who need the Children’s Hospital- HSC every year. Brady shares his story at events throughout Manitoba as well as meets with other Champion Children from across North America. His story showcases what an amazing hospital and research institute we have here in Manitoba, as well as helps in fundraising to support other sick and injured children.
More about Brady
At 5 months old, Brady’s parents noticed unusual spots on his body. He was seen by a dermatologist who diagnosed the little boy with Type 1 Neurofibromatosis – a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue. These tumors can develop anywhere in the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and nerves.