After doctors in St. Kitt’s discovered Hurlston had a complicated congenital heart defect, they predicted he would only have four to six months to live without surgical intervention.
Luckily, the Herbie Fund was there to help facilitate lifesaving care at SickKids in Toronto. Hurlston arrived at SickKids in April of 2012 and underwent open-heart surgery under the care of one of Canada’s best paediatric cardiac surgeons. While Hurlston may require further surgery at some point in his life, Sylvienne, his mother, is grateful her son will live.
“I hope people will continue contributing to the Herbie Fund and give someone else a chance to live,” says Sylvienne. “Every bit helps.”
Hurlston will join Citytv host Gord Martineau this evening during the 6 p.m. news. Tune in to Citytv for live hits from the Herbie Day festivities or join us at Yonge-Dundas Square until 8 p.m. tonight. Visit the Herbie Fund website to make a donation.
Established in 1979, the Herbie Fund helps children from around the world receive life-altering and lifesaving surgeries at SickKids that would otherwise not be available to them in their home countries. The Fund also finds them a place to stay during their visit. Since its inception, the Herbie Fund has helped 684 children from 102 countries to SickKids.
How many entrances does your home have? I’m sure it pales in comparison to the home of a slender-tailed meerkat.
The slender-tailed meerkat can have up to 70 entrances to its underground home. And they can be found in Canada – in the African Rainforest area at the Toronto Zoo, that is.
You can visit the slender-tailed meerkats at the Toronto Zoo as part of Walk for the Children, an event in support of the Herbie Fund. The Herbie Fund fundraises to bring children from around the world to The Hospital for Sick Children to receiving life-altering and life-saving care.
By attending the walk on October 23, 2011, you will enjoy an adventurous walk through the Zoo’s Indo-Malaya and African Rainforest areas, culminating with lunch, prizes and entertainment at the Savanna Picnic site. You’ll receive a passport that will be stamped at each exciting location.
Start your fundraising now. Register online and create your own personal fundraising page. Encourage your friends and families to do the walk with you! Time is running out so get started by visiting: www.herbiefund.com.
Did you know? Two-toed sloths give birth while hanging upside down. In true sloth form they are lazy and let gravity do all the work.
The two-toed sloths at the Toronto Zoo, Mom “Tania” and Dad “Kosmo,” just had a brand new baby. They’ve been keeping it hidden though so the sex is still unknown. You can see them and much more by taking part in the Walk for the Children at the Toronto Zoo on October 23, 2011.
The walk supports the Herbie Fund, which brings children from around the world to The Hospital for Sick Children to receiving life-altering and life-saving care. Just think: a short walk around the grounds of the Zoo will help children travel to SickKids to receive medical treatments not available in their home countries.
Walkers will receive a passport that will be stamped at each exciting Zoo location. Once the trail has been completed, each participant will get a gift bag full of goodies! There is also a lunch, prizes and entertainment.
Groups or individuals can register online and set up their own fundraising page. To sign up and start collecting pledges or for more information, please visit: www.herbiefund.com.