The Definition of a Champion

 Brave - feeling or showing no fear. Jack Householder was one brave kid when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at just five years old. Courageous - doing something that you know is difficult or dangerous. Three years of intense treatment, seven types of chemotherapy, 925...

Celebrating Life-Saving Donors

Eight months into her pregnancy, Rebecca should have been lost in the excitement of having a new baby. Instead, she was plagued by the very real fear that her eldest son may not live to meet his new baby sister. Four-year-old Cole became ill shortly before starting kindergarten. His parents...

Behind the Scenes of a Dr. Beary Goode Visit

Smiles shine bright on Thursday afternoons at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre when Dr. Beary Goode comes to visit. It isn’t just children who get excited to see our big, furry mascot – adults of all ages get a warm, fuzzy feeling when he stops to say hello. Dr. Beary Goode is...

Letting Kids be Kids

Ten-year-old Keanna is no stranger to Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre. Spending months as an inpatient and hundreds of days in clinic visits, the hospital has a sense of familiarity. Keanna is known to the staff, especially the Child Life Specialists who show her fun things,...

Becoming Conscious About Mental Health Bias

Snap out of it. Don’t be so weak. It’s just a normal part of growing up. These are just a few of the biases children and adolescents who have mental health challenges face. When they are receiving treatment, it is important that biases don’t affect their health care journey. At Children’s Hospital...

Nurturing Newborns and Teaching Teens

LCBO’s Giving Back in Our Community Campaign supports children and youth to have bright futures. This December, our community showed how warm and big their hearts are by contributing to LCBO’s Giving Back in Our Community campaign in support of Children’s Health Foundation. With another successful...

Race to These Volunteer Opportunities!

We're looking for volunteers to help out at Forest City Road Races. There's lots of different positions to be filled and experience isn't always necessary. Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017 Time: Shift times vary; see Forest City Road Races volunteer registration website Where: Victoria Park (London,...

Providing Comfort and Normalcy

In fall 2015, five-year-old Koen began complaining of increasingly frequent and aggressive headaches. Curled up in his mother’s lap, he would tell her, “Mommy, I don’t feel good. I don’t feel like myself.” The doctors believed Koen had possibly fallen playing hockey and suffered a concussion based...

Creating Comfort with Books, Blankets and Bears

When a child is in the hospital, it can be a difficult and lengthy experience; sometimes they just need a bit of comfort to keep their spirits up. On February 24, to mark the 120th Anniversary of the Women’s Institute of Ontario, the Southern Area Women’s Institute donated care packages to kids at...

The Mark of a Survivor

Cordelia has a four-inch scar that runs along the middle of her chest. Some might see it as an unwelcome blemish but what it really is, is a mark of a fighter and a survivor. Before she was even born, Cordelia was diagnosed with transposition of the great arteries, a congenital heart defect (CHD)...

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