When times get tough, I often look to our Stollery families for inspiration. And this is certainly one of those times.
Stollery mom Corine Stanley once said this about her son Porter being one of only 30 people in the world with a rare condition known as Beare-Stevenson syndrome: “Nobody really knew what to expect.” What Corine and her husband Craig soon realized, however, is that their “Boy Wonder” forced them to parent differently. Porter inspired them to love differently. He gave them strength to shift their priorities in order to put his health and his best future first.
And that’s what we’re doing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Shifting our priorities.
To limit the potential risk to our team, our donors, our community supporters and our vulnerable Stollery kids like Porter, we’re doing our part to reduce the risk of exposure including:
1. Closing our office and the Stollery Store (and online store) to the public
2. Cancelling our volunteer programs within the various Stollery Hospital sites
3. Cancelling our Stollery family volunteer appearances in the community
4. Postponing our upcoming events for March and April and assessing all future events
5. Taking our lead in pandemic response from our health partner, Alberta Health Services
To learn more about our COVID-19 response, please visit our COVID-19 web page.
Please know that YOU are our top priority. Whether you’re a donor, a volunteer, a Stollery family, a community supporter, a hospital partner or an employee, we’re taking this situation seriously and with you in mind.
Our thanks to all of the talented hospital teams on the front line during this crisis – particularly the Stollerific staff at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Through uncertain times like this, I encourage you to give and help where you can as Stollery families continue to need urgent, critical care at a time when hospital resources are being put to the test.
And just like the Stanleys when Porter was born, we don’t know what to expect and we don’t have all the answers. What we do know is we’re all in this together and because of that, we will get through this, together.
I invite you to take a few minutes for yourself and draw inspiration from our Stollery families and kids like Porter.
Mike House, MBA, ICD.D
President & CEO
Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation