The 2017 Campaign: K4K on a Roll!

Welcome to Kurling for Kids 2017 – April 1st, 2017

Greetings and welcome to the 19th annual Kurling for Kids Tournament. In our first eighteen events we have raised over $2.5 million for the Montreal Children’s and CHU Sainte-Justine’s hospital funds. From humble beginnings of $6,628 in our first year (1999), we are now setting a fundraising objective of $340,000 for 2017!!!

On behalf of the Kurling for Kids Executive Committee, the volunteers, the curlers, and especially the thousands of children who will benefit from your support, we invite you to join us for K4K 2017.

By supporting The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation and Fondation CHU Sainte-Justine you are supporting the goal of securing first-class care for children.

And this year is a special year as K4K has renewed and strenghten its close partnership with both hospital foundations to achieve grander and more ambitious medical equipment acquisitions for children!

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A renewed partnership with Sainte-Justine for the acquisition of a Monteris NeuroBlate MRI System neurosurgical laser

CHU Sainte-Justine LogoSainte-Justine has asked K4K to commit for the long-term funding (4 years – see the proposal HERE) of a new, state-of-the-art neurosurgical laser called the Monteris NeuroBlate MRI System (see equipment brochure HERE). Sainte-Justine is the first pediatric hospital in Canada to acquire this state-of-the-art piece of equipment that will provide added benefits to children.

What’s so exciting about this technology?

The NeuroBlate System employs diode laser energy delivered via a gas-cooled fiber-optic probe, which allows safe targeting and selective ablation of soft tissue and lesions in the brain, including some that may have traditionally been deemed “inoperable”. It is the only system that monitors ablation contours in 3-Dimensions and provides real time imaging to support a surgeon’s clinical decision matrix. This allows to operate the brain without touching the unaffected areas surrounding the epileptic lesion or tumor and thus, protects the neurodevelopment of the child, which is the main mission of the Integrated Center Network in Neurodevelopment of the Child (CIRENE).

In other words, the device allows a neurosurgeon to see the tumor live on the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain. He can therefore better see the ablation and use the targeted laser to limit the tissue destruction to the minimum.

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Dr. Alexander Weil is the only pediatric neurosurgeon in Canada trained to perform the Monteris NeuroBlate MRI neurosurgical laser. The CHI Sainte-Justine recruited Dr. Weil to operate this new device.

To oversee the use of this new technology, the CHU Sainte-Justine has hired Dr. Alexander Weil who is currently the only Canadian pediatric neurosurgeon trained to use this technique. After studying medicine at the University of Sherbrooke, Dr. Weil did his residency at the University of Montreal, then a fellow at the Miami Children’s Hospital (University of Miami) in pediatric neurosurgery and a fellowship in neuro-oncology McGill.

This cutting edge technology provides several key benefits:

  • Minimal invasive technique, which result in a shorter hospital stays, less pain medication, faster recovery, minimal scarring and a superior cosmetic result. Indeed, after 24-48 hours, the child can go home and resume normal activities, contrary to conventional surgery where hospitalization could last between 5 and 14 days, and restrictions in activities, one to two months.
  • Major savings for our health system since patients no longer need to be admitted to intensive care.
  • Greater access to areas of the brain.
  • Larger pool of young patients who can benefit from this technique such as children with epilepsy resistant to medical treatment and children with tumors that are difficult to access by conventional surgery
  • Some patients with epileptic lesions who could not benefit from conventional surgery may now be treated by laser.

The following video gives a fly through of the new equipment:

 

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Funding equipment for the Children’s so that critically ill children can have a life and attend school

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The Montreal Children’s Hospital is treating a growing number of chronically-ill patients who must be hospitalized on the 8th and 9th floor inpatient units, sometimes for lengthy stays. For those patients who depend on ventilators to breathe, their rooms can become virtual prisons.

However, thanks to new technology, it is possible to give these sick children mobility and the possibility of leaving their rooms or even returning home while continuing to receive the breathing assistance they need to survive.

The Hospital requires six (6) portable ventilators to ensure that it can meet the ever-increasing demand for this life-saving and life-changing equipment for a total cost of $150,000.

Kurling for Kids has stepped to the challenge and committed to raise the much-needed funds to finance these ventilators this year. Details of the 2017 Children’s Foundation proposal to K4K can be found HERE.

The Portable Trilogy Ventilators are life-saving ventilators helping patients to breathe when they are suffering from respiratory illnesses or are in respiratory distress because of other serious medical conditions. These machines gently push air into and out of the lungs as needed.

Stefano Ruvo spent the first year of his life in the Children's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. He can now attend school with his sisters thanks to the trilogy portable ventilator that he keeps in his special backpack.
Stefano Ruvo spent the first year of his life in the Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. He can now attend school with his sisters thanks to the trilogy portable ventilator that he keeps in his special backpack.

The use of trilogy can also ensure a smooth, effective transition from the acute care setting to home and help to avoid hospital readmissions. It can also provide clinical reporting to the patient’s physician with ventilator reports and clinical notes so that the patient’s condition can be monitored.

The Trilogy Portable Ventilator allows for precise ventilation for patients in the home setting, with much more flexibility and capacity than the usual home ventilator, allowing for a smooth transition from the hospital to home.
Various accessories, including battery packs and carry cases, provide more mobility and freedom, allowing patients to resume some normal life activities.

The following video introduces the Trilogy portable ventilator and its benefits for patients.

 

Please visit www.childrenfoundation.com and www.fondation-sainte-justine.org for more information about these incredible hospitals.