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Teddy for a Toonie

Our annual fundraising campaign supports the Alberta Children's Hospital and Stollery Children's Hospital Foundations.


Update: the 2016 campaign brought in $804,000!

Teddy for a Toonie has raised approximately $8.4 million over the years. That's a lot of teddy bears! The 2016 edition runs May 1–31 at all ATB branches and agencies across the province.

Here is what the 2016 campaign will support:

Life-saving equipment

This equipment will help save the lives of children who are in critical condition at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.

  • Extracorporeal Life Support is used when the heart and/or lungs of critically ill children cannot provide their bodies with enough oxygenated blood, and all other efforts have failed. This equipment bypasses the heart and lungs and a machine oxygenates the blood and pumps it through the body.
  • Cardio-respiratory monitors are used to monitor the vital signs of children struggling to breathe. These monitors help predict and prevent respiratory failure.
  • The KidSIM simulation program allows medical teams to take part in simulations of potentially lethal emergency situations. Scenarios include: spinal cord injuries, sepsis, asthma, heart defects, or general trauma.

Medication administration equipment

The Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton records more than 9,000 inpatient stays each year. Almost all require medication administration. This new equipment is safer and will decrease human effort and error. It utilizes smart technology, and has an on-board drug library that ensures all dosages, calculations, and tracking are correct. The equipment includes:

  • Syringe pumps to deliver fluid, medications, and blood to patients.
  • Syringe module units for programming and monitoring.
  • Automated medication dispensers to support automatic medication management and tracking.

Ways to donate:

Make a $2 donation and get a raffle entry to win a limited edition 30 inch teddy bear. A $15 donation gets you a limited edition 10 inch teddy bear!

Donate at your local ATB Financial branch or agency

Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation

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Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation

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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

12-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

Nine-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 seven 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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