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Young patient’s family backs fundraiser for Etobicoke General Hospital
May 24, 2017

Young patient’s family backs fundraiser for Etobicoke General Hospital Image

The Maciel family will be sharing their health care story to help illustrate the importance of paediatric care at Etobicoke General Hospital and to encourage fundraising at Osler’s upcoming Walk ’n Roll Fest for Healthy Kids, presented by Whole Health Pharmacy Partners. The fundraising event will take place on Sunday, June 4 at the Woodbine Racetrack.

As the mother of a four-year old, Michelle Machado knows how important it is for the community to raise funds for children’s health care services. In March, her son Giovanni had a seizure. Paramedics brought Giovanni to Etobicoke General where he was diagnosed and treated for a blood infection. Six weeks ago Giovanni returned home and today he is enjoying senior kindergarten.

“The rapid response of the doctors and nurses to his diagnosis, their expertise and dedication contributed to his quick recovery,” she says.

She acknowledges the great work of the Paediatric Care Team at Etobicoke General for making her son’s experience as comfortable as possible.

“They’re not just supporting your child, they’re supporting your whole family,” says Michelle. “We were in a situation where there’s nothing but fear, but they were always there for Giovanni, very patient, answering questions, and making sure that he was calm and not in pain.”

Giovanni and his family will be attending the Walk ’n Roll Fest for Healthy Kids on June 4. The event - which is on target to raise $90,000 in support of children’s health programs at the hospital – includes a 5K walk, a free, healthy lunch, and a new festival featuring live entertainment, a petting zoo, and games. All funds raised, including sponsorships, will be matched by Orlando Corporation’s $15 Million Matching Challenge.

“Today Giovanni is full of energy. He is eager to visit the construction workers and give them a hand as they work on building the new four-story wing, and most of all, he is looking forward to walking the track at Osler’s Walk ’n Roll Fest,” says Michelle, as Giovanni jumps on a sand bag perched in front of the construction site at Etobicoke General.

Originally opened in 1972, Etobicoke General is undergoing a significant transformation. A new four-storey wing will add approximately 250,000 square feet of space to the hospital and offer expanded access to services – like emergency and maternal/newborn care – that are needed most by the growing community.

Dean Miller, CEO of Whole Health Pharmacy Partners, the event’s presenting sponsor agrees the growing community needs a strong hospital equipped to serve area residents with the best possible health care.

“Osler’s Walk ’n Roll Fest for Healthy Kids is one of the most important events for Whole Health Pharmacy, and I am proud that so many of our employees, friends and family are taking part,” says Miller.

The event will be attended by Deputy Mayor Vincent Crisanti (Councillor, Ward 1- Etobicoke North), and MPP Michael Ford (Toronto City Councillor, Ward 2 Etobicoke North) who are working in collaboration with Osler Foundation to fundraise for Etobicoke General’s exciting transformation.

Osler Foundation is proud to partner with its many corporate and community sponsors including Whole Health Pharmacy Partners (Presenting sponsor), Woodbine Entertainment (Venue and Lunch Sponsor), CIBC, Diamond Studio Inc. and Woodbine Toyota.

To register for the event or to find out more, visit www.oslerwalknroll.ca or call (416) 747-3388.

Join Giovanni Maciel and his family at Osler’s third annual Walk ’n Roll Fest for Healthy Kids on June 4th. L-R: Jaime Neefs (Certified Child Life Specialist, Etobicoke General Hospital), Catarina Maciel, Michelle Machado, Eduardo Maciel, Giovanni Maciel, Gabriela Maciel, Amy Kelly (Resource Nurse Paediatrics & Paediatric Clinics, Etobicoke General Hospital).