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See how our Hospital Transportation Program provides financial peace of mind for parents of children requiring medical care

The Air Canada Foundation Hospital Transportation Program connects sick children to the medical care they need through 15 pediatric hospitals across Canada, providing financial peace of mind to families.  Meet Laura and Hodan, Children’s Miracle Network 2016 Champions:




The Air Canada Foundation is proud to make a difference in the life of sick children!

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2016 Air Canada Foundation Golf Tournament

Monday July 11, 2016 was the Air Canada Foundation’s fifth annual golf tournament in support of registered charitable organizations focused on health and well-being of children in Canada. It was held at the Saint Raphaël Golf Club, Québec with close to 300 golfers enjoying a full day of golf followed by a cocktail-style dinner, silent and live auctions of items donated by Air Canada Foundation supporters. AIMIA returned as Presenting Partner which was supported by more than 100 Canadian, American and international corporations and organizations.

In celebration of the fifth annual golf tournament and a longstanding partnership of over two decades with the Children’s Miracle Network, two of their ambassadors, Laura and Hodan, both treated at their local hospitals, were playing an important role during the day by manning the highly coveted lemonade stand, enticing golfers with refreshments while raising funds for the Foundation.

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Meet Laura and Hodan, Children's Miracle Network 2016 Champions

Laura

Laura, 16 years old
Suffering from diabetes insipidus as a result of an accident

On December 24, 2009, during a ski outing with her family, Laura crashed into a tree at high speed.

Laura had an emergency exploratory operation at a hospital in Sainte-Agathe before being transferred to The Montreal Children’s Hospital where twenty people waited for her in the trauma bay. The family prepared for the worst, while Laura fought for her life in the operating room. In the severe impact, her bladder had been punctured, and she had incurred many fractures, including to her thigh bone, head and face.

In the six days following the accident, Laura underwent five major operations, in addition to three more surgeries in subsequent months. After eight days in intensive care, Laura slowly woke up from a coma. But her battle wasn’t over. Laura had to relearn to do everything—how to move, walk and talk. She remained incredibly brave and optimistic during this ordeal.

Fortunately, two years later, Laura had regained all her physical and mental abilities, thanks to her perseverance and the care she received. The only remaining sequela is diabetes insipidus, which was caused by the accident.


Hodan

HODAN
AGE 9
ACUTE MYELOID LEUKEMIA

According to Hodan, “Brave people come in all sizes and all ages”. She lives up to this statement and never gave up during her battle with acute myeloid leukemia. Hodan’s strength and grace came to light as she helped her own mother handle the diagnosis, and stayed positive throughout her illness and recovery.
Hodan’s treatment plan included a four-month stay at the hospital, as well as outpatient treatments when she was well enough to go home. Fortunately, her body responded extremely well to treatments and now she is proud to be a cancer survivor and only returns for check-ups to make sure she remains healthy.
During her hospital stay, Hodan loved socializing and was known for her bubbly spirit. She began playing beauty parlour with her oncologist and the nurses, giving them all manicures. Her experiences there shaped her desire to become a nurse when she grows up, so she can help children, like her, who may get sick.