Fundraisers brought in more than $81,000 for a local girl with kidney failure from E. Coli and now the family is donating the excess funds to local groups.
Several fundraisers were held for Jamie and Josh Harden of Big Valley and their daughter, Sadie, 2, who was at Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital last September. The Harden family is donating back some of the money raised including $10,000 for the Stollery Stollerific Program and $14,560 to the Stettler Health Services Foundation (SHSF). The family has also donated some funds to families with sick children in need of support.
“SHSF is very thankful to the Harden family for giving back to the Stettler Health Care Centre,” said Mary-Jane Jackson in a release. “This summer Alberta Health Services will be renovating the emergency department in Stettler and SHSF will be commencing an ambitious campaign to fund equipment for this program. Watch for further details about the Affair for the Heart fundraising campaign.”
Last fall the SHSF bought a $35,000 ventilator for the Stettler Hospital emergency department with money raised through the Stettler Festival of Lights.
And the money donated by the Harden family will help buy modules to add to this ventilator.
“It will enable the physician to ventilate newborns and children while they wait for STARS to transport to a higher level of care,” said Jackson. “The other module purchased will monitor the carbon dioxide level for all patients while being ventilated.”
The money raised for the Harden family was with the help of the Alberta rodeo communities as well as Stettler and area residents, family and friends.
Sadie spent 17 days in Stollery Children’s Hospital and had four days of blood and kidney dialysis and five blood transfusions.