Courage Lives Here
The funds and awareness raised by your participation in the Canuck Place Adventure Race goes directly to supporting BC’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider: Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Last year alone, 140 Adventure Racers helped to raise over $130,000 which directly impacted the complex clinical care needed by over 600 newborns, children and teenagers with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
The specialized range of services and professional, dedicated staff at Canuck Place support the challenging transition families must make as they face the tragic and unnatural circumstance of losing their child. Programs extend to the entire family; parents and siblings receive counselling support from the point of diagnosis through the progression of the illness.
Our expert clinicians care for over 160 different diseases and conditions and administer over 150 medications. In 2013, we accommodated 2,950 nights of respite in our Vancouver hospice. Our organization faced a challenging increase of 77% deaths on program and a 31% increase in nursing and physician consults in patients’ homes, in hospitals and over the phone to parents and caregivers who needed support from across BC.
In 2014, we opened our second provincial location, Dave Lede House, in the Fraser Valley where 46% of the children and families on the Canuck Place program reside. Thanks to the ongoing support of a generous community, we are now in phase two of a four phase opening plan. We are able to extend our reach and provide community-centred services to families in the region including nursing consults in patient homes, in hospitals and in the community, recreation therapy, and grief and loss counselling.
At Canuck Place, we believe the end of life should be lived as fully as the beginning. Especially for BC’s kids with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them. Thank you for your efforts, time and compassion to support the courage at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.