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Wishes 4 Heroes and Teddy for a Toonie

Our annual Teddy for a Toonie fundraising campaign runs May 1-31, 2017 at all ATB branches and agencies across the province.


2017 marks the 18th anniversary of the campaign that supports the Stollery Children’s Hospital and Alberta Children’s Hospital. ATB and our team members have raised approximately $8.5 million over the years – that’s a lot of teddy bears!

This year, the campaign will support Family Centred Care at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and the purchase of CT Scan Equipment at the Stollery.


#ATBwishes4heroes

From May 1 to 31, ATB will donate $0.50 for each social media sharing of #ATBwishes4heroes (up to a maximum of $10,000). Send a message of hope to sick and injured kids in Alberta and we’ll help support urgently needed equipment and services.

Facebook: Post a get-well wish comment on our Hero of the Week video and ATB will make a $0.50 donation.

Instagram: Post your own get-well wish using #ATBwishes4heroes or regram our post and ATB will make a $0.50 donation.

Twitter: Post your own get-well wish using #ATBwishes4heroes and ATB will make a $0.50 donation. ​​​​​

Donate in branch

Stop into an ATB branch between May 1 and 31, 2017 and purchase a 10” bear for $15, or enter the raffle to win a 30” bear for $2. All proceeds support the Stollery Children’s Hospital and Alberta Children’s Hospital foundations.

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Meet our champion children

Camille - Edmonton

Camille - Edmonton

When Camille’s mother had her 20 week ultrasound doctors discovered her baby’s intestines were growing outside its body, a condition known as gastrochisis. Three weeks before her due date, Camille’s mom stopped feeling her baby move and she was rushed to hospital for an emergency C-section.

Camille’s intestines were placed in a “silo”—​similar to a plastic bag—to keep them moist. She was put in an incubator and transferred to the neonatal ICU at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. There, doctors worked to get her intestines back into their proper shape inside of Camille’s small body.

It wasn’t until Camille was two weeks old that her parents were finally able to hold their daughter. Until then she’d been attached to more than a dozen machines. Camille spent six weeks recovering at the Stollery.

Today, six-year-old Camille follows up with her pediatrician every three months. She enjoys swimming, skating, crafting and playing with her brother and sisters.​


Skyler - Edmonton

Skyler - Edmonton

11-year-old Skyler has spent a lot of time coming and going from the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Born at just 26 weeks gestation, Skyler was diagnosed with heart issues, hemangiomas, and diplegia cerebral palsy.

Skyler’s cerebral palsy brought him to the Stollery for two surgeries—the first to sever some nerves in his lower spinal cord to help him walk and relieve leg stiffness, the second to help his leg contractions so he can walk flat-footed.
 
Skyler is a very active kid who, when not working on rehabilitation, likes to play video games, swim, play sledge hockey, and be outdoors.  His mantra is, “I can do it!” and his goal is to one day walk without the help of crutches or a walker.
 
In the meantime, he’s got some pretty special people on his side, making sure he can do the things he loves.
 
“The people at the Stollery really help me a lot and they’ve given me a second chance to walk,” says Skyler.


Katie - Blackie

Katie - Blackie

Ten-year-old Katie knows the power of forgiveness. She’s back riding the pony that kicked her in the head, causing a serious skull fracture two years ago. Her mom Chrissy, a nurse, recalls touching her daughter’s head on that terrible day and feeling “mush”.
 
At the Alberta Children’s Hospital Katie was admitted to intensive care and underwent hourly neurological testing. The fracture was up to 15 centimetres in diameter and nearly a centimetre deep.  By the next day, in what Chrissy can only describe as a miracle, the swelling and bleeding in Katie’s brain was minimal, and staff decided surgery was unnecessary. After 18 hours, Katie was moved to a unit where she spent three more days before being discharged to continue her recovery at home.
 
Chrissy describes the care Katie received as remarkable, right down to the staff who helped the tooth fairy find the gutsy little girl who lost three teeth in the ordeal.


Parker - Calgary

Parker - Calgary

Making his entry into the world eight weeks early, Parker surprised his parents Caroline and Michael. While there were no complications from his early arrival, there were red splotches on Parker’s face called hemangiomas. When they started to grow aggressively during his first couple of months, baby Parker underwent surgery. His eyelids had to be pinned to keep his eyes open—critical given that babies must use their eyes in the first several months of life, or risk losing their sight. That meant the already exhausted parents of a newborn preemie were on call to put special drops in his eyes every 30 minutes, day and night.
 
Parker was put on powerful steroids to combat the growth of the hemangiomas. Side effects included a suppressed immune system, high blood pressure, and water retention which gave Parker a “moon face” look. Specialists at the Alberta Children’s Hospital diagnosed Parker with PHACE syndrome.
 
At 14 months, Parker suffered a stroke. His recovery required intensive physio and speech therapy in order to help him recover function in his right hand.
 
Parker is now nine years old, and continues to receive treatment at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Twice weekly visits have now dwindled to one every couple of months. Too few for Parker, who looks forward to the cookie he gets after every appointment!


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