CHEO Telethon

The weekend of September 10 and 11 was an exciting one for CHEO. The beautiful Rideau View Golf Club in Manotick hosted The Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids presented by Telus, with the goal to raise $400,000 to purchase a neonatal transport incubator. The incubator is an infant and pediatric transport system necessary for CHEO’s expert Neonatal Transport Team and paramedics to ensure complete life support when the most fragile patients are in transit. The unit provides a closed, controlled environment that warms an infant by circulating heated air over the skin. The heat is then absorbed by the infant’s body providing consistent warmth for the duration of their trip to CHEO. It is literally an intensive care unit on wheels.

Last year, 530 infants were transported within one of two existing incubators, which are now 30 years old. The number of infants who require this service increases each year, and to meet that demand, CHEO urgently needed a new unit.

There was barely a dry eye in the room when the weekend came to a close and the final total of $400,000 was announced. Thanks to the organizing committee, participants and sponsors the goal became a reality, and the little ones at CHEO are benefitting.