Porter, 4, lives in Onoway, Alberta and loves playing at his gymnastics centre and riding horses at his grandparents’ farm. But were it not for the experts at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, he would not be here today.

Born with a condition that affects only about 30 people in the world, Porter underwent multiple surgeries to help him breathe, eat and grow, including an 18-hour surgery where surgeons rearranged pieces of his skull and created a forehead to protect his eyes. He will need to be hospitalized throughout his life, which is why Porter’s family is grateful to have a world-class children’s hospital right in their backyard. Read more.