Spooktacular Halloween Bowlathon for CHEO Cardiac Kids

Are you looking for a fun family fundraiser? It’s never too early or too late to teach your kids about the value in giving back and how to have fun while helping others.

Since 2002, The Cardiology Department at The Children’s Hospital Of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) has taken special care of my daughters’ hearts. I am doing my best to help repay them in anyway I can.

Please help The Heart Of Champions spread the word for their Spooktacular Bowlathon For Cardiac Kids. Not to worry, it’s a week ahead of Halloween. We don’t want to interfere with trick or treating!

Check out all the details on this poster and please join us for lots of laughter in support of CHEO Cardiac Kids! See you there!

Mary’s “CHEO anniversary”


It’s hard to believe, but this past summer marked one year since Mary’s accident (see her CHEO story here – http://cheomoms.com/cheo/my-cheo-story-mommys-kiss-couldnt-make-it-better/). Maybe it’s strange, but I wanted to celebrate Mary’s “CHEO anniversary” to remember how far we’d come since that day, and to appreciate the struggles along the way that drew us ever closer as a family.

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CHEO Turns 40

Before my son was born, I had never given a second thought to having a children’s hospital in our community. CHEO was barely on my radar screen, and my only connection to it was through the media should it be mention on the radio, or in the news.

After my son was born, CHEO still didn’t really register for me. My friends were young and just starting their own families and no one had any real experience with taking their child to the hospital. But as a new mom, I became more aware and more in tune with illnesses that might affect young children. I understood the need to protect him from illness and injury, and the stories I heard about ‘other peoples children’ battling diseases like Cancer and Cystic Fibrosis, or being treated for injuries caused by the typical childhood accident, were now more important to me and carried a different weight of parental concern.

I am lucky to have a very healthy 10 year old boy, who has rarely needed to visit CHEO. We’ve had to wander through the doors of the Emergency Department for a suspected broken leg (age 2), pneumonia (age 2.5), and a concussion (age 9), and I’ve lamented the long wait late at night in the ED and then been grateful of the nurses and doctors who took such care and attention with him.

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Be a CHEO Hero This Weekend!

Last year my kids and I had the privilege of being included in a short video with the Prime Minister’s Wife, Mrs. Laureen Harper, for a great campaign with CHEO (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) for their upcoming telethon! I always say YES to anything that is involved with CHEO, since as you may (or maybe not!) know, but we have spent a quite a lot of time at CHEO with our son Mason and his clubfoot diagnosis and treatments over the past 3 years. I am also proud to be a “CHEO Mom & Dad Blogger“!

For our family, our CHEO Hero is and always will be Dr. Willis. When we found out via ultrasound in utero that our son was going to be born with a club foot, I was devastated. I was afraid that he wouldn’t walk, that he wouldn’t be ok, and that we wouldn’t be either! Over the course of 3 years, we came to realize how wrong we were in those fears, and how the amazing process that Dr. Willis and his team follow to correct club foot really is, and how it helped out son. Mason is still going to need one more major surgery on his foot in the upcoming months, and we will once again rely on CHEO and the expertise of Dr. Willis, but we are know we can trust that they will do what they do best!

Going on the same theme as last year, you can be a Hero for CHEO again in a couple ways!

1 – Supe-Yourself into a super hero of your own! You can Be a Hero for CHEO  by creating your own superhero avatar & sharing it on Facebook and/or Twitter! Thanks to an anonymous Crusader, CHEO will receive a $10 donation for every superhero YOU create! So help out the kids & make one today here: www.hero4cheo.com. At last count, I believe they were over the $8500 mark that had been raised with super hero avatars!

Here is the ones I created for myself and the kids! ; )

Crystal Lou, Mason Moo & Ava Lou

Crystal Lou, Mason Moo & Ava Lou

2 – Another way you can be a Here for CHEO is by donating at this weekend’s CHEO Telethon! It takes place this weekend (June 7th & 8th) in Ottawa, and is broadcasted on CTV and you can also donate here. Every dollar matters no matter how big or how small and it all goes back into CHEO – our hospital, our children’s hospital.


Something else that is fun that CHEO has going on this weekend, is an open house! Have you ever wanted to ask a neurosurgeon what it’s like to perform brain surgery? Wondered what it’s like to receive a new kidney? Helped a researcher extract DNA?

CHEO’s open house on Saturday, June 7 is the perfect opportunity to talk to experts and find out how a hospital operates! Come and celebrate CHEO’s 40th anniversary the telethon and experience CHEO’s commitment to care, research, kids and families. CHEO will be open to all on June 7 from 12 PM to 4 PM only. Visitors of all ages will get a behind-the-scenes look. You can visit research labs and a surgical suite, see a butterfly garden and our famous Karsh portraits, learn about child and youth health and meet fascinating people from CHEO’s past and present.

For more information on the CHEO Open House, please read more here! Sounds like a fun event for both adults and kids alike!

The 2014 CHEO Health Kids Awards

What do a grandmother who founded a program for early autism intervention, a twenty one-year-old tutor, and an Ottawa group that provides swimming lessons to special needs kids all have in common?

They’re all winners from the 2013 CHEO Healthy Kids Awards.

Amazing people like these are all around us in the Ottawa community. They work hard each day to champion the health of kids and teens all over the region.

For the third year in a row, CHEO is celebrating the community’s dedication to children’s health with an awards ceremony, but we need your help in finding the right people.

So…is there a person, organization, or program in that sticks out in your mind as someone who goes the ‘extra mile’ to keep kids healthy and active? Maybe it’s the swim instructor who took a little extra time to help a nervous young swimmer, or the special needs program that makes things a little easier for your family, or the teacher that inspires your kids.

Whoever they are, let them know what their work means to you and your family.
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My CHEO Story: Mommy’s Kiss Couldn’t Make it Better

My next post was supposed to be about my “Week as a Stay-at-home Mom”, but then the unexpected happened.  In June, I was at a spa in Stittsville, sitting down with a hot cup of coffee and an old magazine to relax before getting my hair cut.  Now, I am not a spa regular – I don’t have time for weekly mani-pedis, although that would be awesome, of course. This was my first visit in a long time and the first time I’d cut my hair in a year.  So, I was really looking forward to some “pampering”.  It didn’t bother me that my appointment was for 8:30 a.m.  My girl Mary gets up at 5:30 a.m.

At 8:15 a.m., I saw my husband’s name flashed across my phone as it buzzed.  I considered ignoring the call, thinking it might be a message to stop at the grocery store on my way home. But something inside me told me to pick the phone up.  What I heard was,

“Get home, NOW, NOW, NOW!” And that was all.

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