McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation celebrated its annual Miracle Weekend earlier this month MacKids, their families and hundreds of community members joined together for the weekend which featured two major events: the sixth annual MacKids Walk & Wheel, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Burlington, and the fifth annual Miracle Plane Pull.
This year’s event featured three Superhero Ambassadors, each with remarkable stories about how McMaster Children’s Hospital has impacted their lives:
- Thirteen-year-old Superhero Yuna requires lifesaving dialysis three times a week for a type of kidney disease called IgA nephropathy. Despite her numerous visits to McMaster Children’s Hospital, Yuna keeps up with her schoolwork and is enjoying Grade 8.
- Seven-year-old Superhero Quentin was born prematurely with a condition called gastroschisis, where his bowel was protruding from his body. He underwent surgery for the condition at McMaster Children’s Hospital when he was only 11 days old.
- Superhero Abbey’s friend Zoë passed away in January 2015 due to complications from a muscle disease. While grieving her loss, Abbey saw an ad for Walk & Wheel and decided that participating was a great way to honour her friend.
With more than 1,400 participants, the two events combined raised more than $250,000, with donations still being collected. Funds raised from Miracle Weekend will support the purchase of highest priority needs at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Over the past six years, MacKids Walk & Wheel has raised more than $1 million.