Double Your Impact
Double Your Impact
Until June 16, 2024, the Sauder family will generously match your donation.* That means your gift will go twice as far in supporting kids at BC Children's.
When a child gets sick, a family of support means everything
When a child gets sick, a family of support means everything
Last year, Xavier was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia. In that moment, his world was turned upside down: the social and inquisitive 5-year-old could no longer play in the park, see his friends or go to kindergarten. He would need to be in the hospital for the foreseeable future.
Xavier weathered intense cancer treatments and their side effects. He lost his hair, and his ability to walk. "There have been hard days," said Jasmine, Xavier's mom. "He spent Christmas and his birthday in pain, unable do anything because of the side effects of chemotherapy and steroids. He's such a mighty little guy, but he's also just a kid." Xavier needed a large family of support to walk with him on his daunting journey-a journey that isn't over just yet.
"AT BC CHILDREN'S, XAVIER DOESN'T JUST RECEIVE TREATMENT FOR HIS CANCER. HE HAS PROFESSIONALS AROUND HIM WHO GENUINELY CARE AND HE HAS SPACE TO JUST 'BE A KID' AS HE FACES HIS MEDICAL CHALLENGES. THAT'S EVERYTHING."
– JASMINE, XAVIER'S MOM
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You can help ensure kids like Xavier get the emotional, physical and social support they need while receiving treatment. One example is the donor-supported Child and Youth Therapeutic Services team, who provide a powerful mix of evidence-based techniques—including therapeutic play-to make hospital experiences brighter. Kristina, a certified child life specialist who works with Xavier, is a part of this team.
"Xavier is all smiles when Kristina is around," said Xavier's mom, Jasmine. "When you're going through something like he is, that sort of care really means a lot."
Child life specialists work with patients to reduce anxiety and stress through non-pharmacological methods. From teaching breathing exercises to guiding a child through a practice MRI, child life specialists have a far-reaching impact and are critical members of a patient’s medical team.
Kids deserve to have a childhood, even while receiving life-saving treatment for serious health challenges. By donating today, you ensure more kids can benefit from programs like Child and Youth Therapeutic Services.
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Sauder Family
The Sauder Family's generous gift and matching contribution exemplify the values instilled by their beloved late parents. Bill and Marjorie Anne Sauder believed strongly in the crucial role of family in supporting children on their healing journey.