Whether it's a broken bone or a complex, life-threatening illness, the Alberta Children's Hospital cares for more than 100,000 children every year.
As a Radiothon ambassador, you can help these experts continue to deliver world-class care to kids who need it, when they need it. Let's rally around these families and all their amazing caregivers by bringing in listeners for the February 1-3 broadcast of the Country 105 Caring for Kids Radiothon, and inspire everyone around you to show the Alberta Children's Hospital how much we care.
Here’s what you can do to help:
Create a fundraising page on KidsRadiothon.com
It’s quick and easy to set up a page, either for yourself or a team! Set a fundraising goal and make that first donation to demonstrate your commitment to helping the kids at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Fundraising pages make it easy for you to reach out and inspire friends.
Share your page with everyone you know
Invite everyone in your network to join your team or make a donation. Call, text or email your colleagues, friends and family, and use the Radiothon Checklist to keep track of your progress.
Get loud on social media! #YYCRadiothon
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No matter what’s happening around us, the Alberta Children’s Hospital remains a beacon of hope for our community. Tune into the Country 105 Caring for Kids Radiothon Feb. 1-3 for the most heartwarming three days of the year. #YYCRadiothon
We can stand together for our kids and the compassionate caregivers at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Tune into the Country 105 Caring for Kids Radiothon Feb. 1-3. It’s a little bit country, and a whole lotta love. #YYCRadiothon
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Handy fast facts about the Alberta Children’s Hospital
100,000: That’s the number of children and families who rely on care from the Alberta Children’s Hospital in a typical year.
Mental health: Approximately 1 in 5 children has a diagnosable psychiatric concern. 70% of mental health issues start in childhood. Mental health issues are the single-largest health problem facing young people in Canada today.
Childhood Cancer: An average of 65-80 children are diagnosed with cancer at the Alberta Children’s Hospital each year.
Forty years ago, 80% of kids diagnosed with cancer died. Today 80% live. But we still need to do better. Current treatment is so harsh that about 80% of survivors will suffer at least one long-term side effect. This means that for every 100 children diagnosed with cancer:
- 64 will have lasting side effects
- 20 will not survive
- All of them will suffer to some degree
Scientists at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute are working hard to change these numbers for the better.
Bone Marrow Transplants: The Alberta Children’s Hospital is the largest Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) centre in western Canada and the second largest in the country. The hospital was the first in western Canada to give a BMT to a child with sickle cell anemia.
Surgery: There are more than 10,000 operations at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in a typical year. Of those, approximately 20% are on an emergency basis.
Life-Saving Care by Numbers
In a typical year at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, there are:
- More than 75,000 visits to the Emergency Department
- More than 800 kids who are so sick they need to be cared for one-on-one in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
- 250 babies who require specialized care in the Edwards Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- More than 60,000 diagnostic scans done, including X-ray, CT, ultrasound, MRI, nuclear medicine and interventional radiology
- 300 transports of children to the hospital who are too sick to be cared for in their home communities
Transport: The hospital is home to a Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team – dedicated transport team members travel to smaller hospitals by ground ambulance, plane or helicopter to stabilize sick or injured kids before bringing them to the Alberta Children’s Hospital for critical care. Picture an ICU in the air or on the road.
Research: 100% of cures begin with research The Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute has united over 330 scientists who are working to find new ways of diagnosing and treating pediatric disorders and better ways of preventing their occurrences in the first place. By having leading researchers at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, it ensures new discoveries can be quickly translated into clinical care for kids.
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