Record-breaking CHEO Telethon weekend
It was another record-breaking year at the 30th annual CHEO Telethon on CTV Ottawa which raised $6,749,150 for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
“It recognizes that young families need the support of the community as a whole in order to provide CHEO with all of the tools, equipment, training and research they need,” said CHEO Foundation President and CEO Kevin Keohane.
The 24-hour telethon held at the Ernst & Young Centre in Ottawa’s south end showcased stories of current and former CHEO patients and their families.
13-year-old Josh Phillips suffered a brain stem stroke on Christmas Day four years ago.
“I was playing hockey and I collapsed on the floor and couldn't move my left side,” he said.
He was told he may never walk again but four years later he’s back on his feet.
Some families whose children didn’t survive still wanted their stories told.
“Even though we lost our daughter we wanted to show our support for the hospital and help them out in any way possible,” said Kerri Woods, whose daughter Awna-Marie Arrowsmith died at just 20 days old.
“Their [the hospital’s] encouragement and love that they showed in their job and toward us was what got us through,” Woods said.
Money raised from this year’s telethon goes toward buying specialized equipment, life-saving research, and staff training.
With a report from CTV Ottawa’s Katie Griffin.