CTV 'Hope Starts Here' Week 2016 - A Success story
Thanks to the generosity of CTV viewers, new donations from individual, foundation and corporate donors to the campaign, and the wonderful donations presented on CTV, the impressive total for the week was $722,000!
All expressed resounding support for the critical role that BC Women’s Hospital plays throughout the province and beyond. CTV Vancouver affectionately refers to their week of focus on the Hope Starts Here Campaign for the Newborn ICU (NICU) at BC Women’s as the ‘Week of Thunder’ – and its emotional reverberations are still being felt by those who experienced it firsthand.
Parents whose tiny babies were still in the Newborn ICU, or who had ‘graduated’ in recent months shared their stories of worrisome beginnings, made easier by care providers, volunteers and fellow parents. A family spoke of their joy in welcoming their second baby born through embryo adoption. Technical experts shared stories of research, and of the importance of human breast milk in helping babies survive and thrive. A teenager whose lungs had collapsed in his earliest days in the NICU belted out “Ain’t No Sunshine” on stage with Dr. Strangelove as the week culminated in a ‘Block Party for Babies’ in Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park.
The $722,000 in funds raised will go a long way to ensuring that when the new NICU opens in the fall of 2017, every tiny patient will have new incubators, monitors, and respirators as well as all the other equipment and researched knowledge necessary to deliver the lifesaving care provided in this state of the art facility. To everyone who helped make this week possible, the BC Women’s Hospital Foundation offers a thunderous round of applause!