This week, alongside Kanata South Councillor, Allan Hubley, I had the sincere pleasure of attending the CHEO Fundraiser Launch at Walmart Stittsville, where the CHEO (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) Champion of Ottawa, Jacob Randell, was recognized.
At the age of five Jacob was diagnosed with atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumour. This rare brain cancer meant Jacob required a 17 hour surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. Part of his treatment included physiotherapy to learn how to walk and eat again. He was later diagnosed with Schwannoma, a genetic condition which causes tumours to grow on nerve endings. Last year, Jacob underwent esophageal surgery to help with trouble swallowing. Medically, Jacob has been through a lot, yet he remains a happy, loving and inspiring young man.
The Children’s Miracle Network Champions Program presented by Walmart Canada is a celebration of pediatric health care across the continent. Each Champion brings their own special story of courage and strength that is just one of thousands from their home town, their home province and their home country.
I would like to thank my Councillor colleague, Allan Hubley for all of his work behind the scenes at CHEO and I would like to send my best wishes to Jacob and all patients under CHEO’s care. You are all champions in your own right; remain strong, and continue to fight.