Greetings and welcome to the 21st annual Kurling for Kids Tournament.
In our first twenty events we have raised over $3.3 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 $500,000 for 2019!!!
On behalf of the Kurling for Kids Executive Committee, the volunteers, the curlers, fundraisers and especially the thousands of children who will benefit from your support, we invite you to join us for K4K 2019.
By supporting The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation and Fondation CHU Sainte-Justine you are supporting the goal of securing first-class care for our children.
And this year is a special year as K4K has renewed and strengthened its close partnership with both hospital foundations to achieve grander and more ambitious medical equipment acquisitions for children!
It is also with great pleasure that Kurling for Kids announces a new partnership with Curling Quebec, just in time for its 21st year in raising money for sick children at both the Montreal Children’s and Ste-Justine Hospitals. Click HERE to read the full article about this new partnership.
A renewed partnership with Sainte-Justine for the acquisition of a Monteris NeuroBlate MRI System neurosurgical laser
Sainte-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 more HERE). CHU 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.
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:
Funding equipment for the Children’s Medical Imaging Department
When it moved to the Glen site, the Children’s Medical Imaging Department benefited from new, state-of-the-art imaging equipment, including a CT-Scan, gamma camera, general radiography/fluoroscopy equipment, and ultrasounds.
Situated on the 2nd floor of Pavilion B, it is one of the busiest departments in the hospital, performing close to 50,000 exams each year.
The Hospital benefited from two new MRIs when it moved to its new facilities on the Glen site in 2015. The MRIs operate 16 hours per day, 250 days per year. Waiting times for children requiring these exams have therefore been reduced.
The Medical Imaging Department wishes to acquire a state-of-the art component – functional MRI – to enhance the capabilities of one its MRIs. This software will be installed on the existing Siemens 3 tesla magnet to perform a number of functional MRI exams.
Functional MRI (fMRI) is a technique for measuring brain activity called brain mapping. It localizes the regions where there is increase blood flow and determines which part of the brain is responsible for handling critical functions such as thought, speech, motor skills etc.
Brain mapping can also be used to monitor the growth of brain tumours and guide the planning of brain surgery, radiation therapy and other surgical treatment of the brain. It works by detecting changes in blood oxygenation and the flow in response to different stimulations. The patient will perform tasks that will increase blood flow to particular parts of the brain. For example the patient will be asked questions, or look at pictures, do physical movements such as tapping fingers etc. The images will show which part of the brain is responsible for each of these activities.
The functional MRI would be used on patients suffering from seizures and brain tumours, both for new diagnosis and follow-ups. It is estimated that approximately 100 patients per year will benefit from this technology.
The Montreal Children’s Hospital has asked K4K to commit for the multi-year funding (2-3 years). The total cost of the equipment is $350,000, which includes the product, installation and training.