Imagine being told your child has a 30 per cent chance of survival?
That’s the reality parents Katherine and David faced when doctors at The Hospital for Sick Children diagnosed their son Hugh with a rare, cancerous brain tumour.
The following weeks after Hugh’s diagnosis were a whirlwind of tests and procedures, including a five-hour surgery where 98 per cent of his brain tumour was removed. The surgery was followed by radiation to “clean up” the remainder of the cancer.
Today, Hugh, 5, comes to SickKids monthly for chemotherapy and checkups. He started senior kindergarten in the fall and enjoys playing with his friends.
His mom couldn’t be happier. “All he ever longed for in Hospital was to go back to being a kid,” she said. “SickKids gave that to him.”
Childhood is a unique and special stage of life. And while most children get through their childhood with nothing more than a minor illness, for those children with more serious conditions, like Hugh’s, there is SickKids.
Help support the critical work of SickKids and brave patients like Hugh by purchasing your tickets in the Dreams & Discoveries Winter Lottery. It’s your chance to win our Grand Prize of $1.5 million cash,* one of seven Dream Pack Prizes, as well as cars, trips and thousands of other prizes.
Most importantly, your lottery ticket purchase will continue to make a difference for sick children in Canada and around the world.
Visit the SickKids Lottery website for more information and to watch Hugh’s video.
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