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.

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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!

Crystal is a stay-at-home-mom to two beautiful little children and a wife to one great husband! Together with her family, Crystal resides just outside of the nation’s capital in the Ottawa Valley. Not that Mom’s get a lot of spare time, but when she does, Crystal is busy as a co-founder of Ottawa Valley Moms.