Together you raised $43,000 towards the purchase of a new incubator for the babies cared for in BC Women's Neonatal ICU!
Pictured left is Sip and Savour founder Sarah Robbins with BC Women's Newborn ICU Campaign Chair, Tamara Taggart. Photos by Allison Kuhl.
Thank you to our incredible sponsors!
About Sip and Savour
The inception of Sip and Savour arose from Numpfer founder Sarah Robbin’s desire to give back to the BC Women’s Newborn ICU. Sarah’s own baby daughter, Charlotte, spent her first three days of life here – the longest three days of Sarah’s life.
Sarah’s experience at BC Women’s Newborn ICU led to another gift. Sarah observed that the design of the absorbent washcloths the nurses used as bibs could be improved to enhance babies’ comfort. “The market did not supply bibs that provided full coverage, resulting in a very wet outfit. Once home I couldn’t find the functional, absorbent, soft yet stylish bib I was searching for – and so I created multi use super soft bibs to enhance the babies comfort - and Numpfer™ was born.”
Shelly Bligh and Jeff Dixon and their children raised an incredible $1036.55 at their 5th annual car wash, barbecue, and bottle drive - all benefiting the Neonatal ICU at BC Women's.
This annual event is in memory of their son and sibling, Bentley, who only lived 28 days before succumbing to the problems of premature birth.
Together this beautiful family has raised over $9,000 for the babies in the BC Women's Newborn ICU.
Little Bentley's memory will be kept alive in this close-knit community and at BC Women's Hospital through this popular fundraiser.
"It's amazing to see everyone come together for such an important cause and to hear other people's stories; it is comforting to know that we are not alone in this and our son Bentley will never be forgotten," said the Dixon family.
The Dixon family would like to thank The Aldergrove Legion, Grimm's Meat, Region Recycling, Matthew Parmiter, and Del Pollos Restaurant for making this event possible.
Check out photos from Bentley 4 Babies 2016 on our Facebook Page.
Looking for a humorous Xmas gift and a way to make a positive difference in Women’s health?
Then look no further than Titan Amy’s Art Shop for all - tees, hoodies and tanks for all ages, baby onesies, phone cases, mugs, notebooks and journals, tote bags and more, all designed by Amy Titani (aka Titan Amy), a Vancouver writer and artist who has three central sensitivity syndromes.
Titan Amy's Art Shop products raise spirits and awareness of Central Sensitivity Syndromes such as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain syndromes. With every Canadian purchase 50% of profits will contribute to BC Women’s Chronic Complex Diseases Program.
About BC Women’s Hospital Complex Chronic Diseases Program
The BC Women’s Hospital Complex Chronic Diseases Program is a provincial referral centre that aims to provide comprehensive and evidence-based care to adults with complex chronic diseases, including Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Fibromyalgia and Alternatively Diagnosed Chronic Lyme Syndrome. The Program participates in clinical care, education/knowledge transfer and quality improvement/research.
I've had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also called ME/CFS, and Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease), Irritable Larynx Syndrome, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) since a workplace incident in 2012. My employer laid me off, and I landed in a battle for compensation (still ongoing). I’ve lost my home, savings, and an active life rich with travel, people, and athletic pursuits. I also lost my ability to breathe in many public places.
My story is not so unique. These conditions, called Central Sensitivity Syndromes (CSS), often wreak havoc on the lives of those who have them, causing social, financial, biological and/or psychological chaos. People with ME/CFS or Fibromyalgia (another CSS) can become isolated due to debilitation from chronic pain and/or a decrease in cognitive function. Many with MCS find it impossible to function in public places. To make matters worse, it's common for doctors, friends, and even family to have trouble understanding these conditions, and they may blame the patients, saying “it is all in your head,” or "just get over it." Many with these conditions lose their jobs and can no longer participate in athletic or social activities—there is a lot of loss, a lot of isolation, and often, a loss of hope. Many feel increasingly invisible as time goes on.
Severely debilitated by these chronic and, as yet, incurable diseases, I began creating artwork and dark yet humorous phrases to inspire hope and humor in myself. This has evolved into a personal crusade to raise the spirits of those affected by these conditions, to raise awareness, and to raise money for a cure. First, I wrote "Central Sensitization and Sensitivity Syndromes: A Handbook for Coping" (McFarland Books 2017), to support those affected by CSS and educate medical providers. For more info about the book, me, or these conditions, please visit my site, http://TitanAmy.com.
Next, I opened Titan Amy’s Art Shop. My creations are intended to offer beauty, hope, pride, and/or humor to people with these conditions, to educate the public, and to fund research, treatment facilities, and advocacy groups. I want to transform those of us with ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia, MCS, and other Central Sensitivity Syndromes, to make the invisible VISIBLE. I want to provide the people affected by these conditions a means to make a unique collective visual statement that will help us be seen. The more we are seen, the more we are heard. The more we are heard, the more likely we are to receive adequate disability support, insurance coverage, and medical services, the more likely we are to feel a part of a community rather than alone, and the more likely we are to find a cure.
**A note about the Dark Humor Collection: Living with ME/CFS for years has cultivated my taste for dark humor. The designs in this collection bring me levity when I really need it. This type of humor is not for everyone who has ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia, or other chronic pain syndromes, but for those of you who are so inclined, I hope these phone cases, mugs, t-shirts and sweatshirts bring you a daily chuckle and remind you that you aren't alone.
Big Love Events hosted a Funk Night with the aim to raise funds via ticket sales and 50/50 tickets. All you had to do was buy a ticket for $10, dress funky, turn up, drink beer (or another tasty beverage), dance and have fun.
The theme of the night was'funk'. Offering music through the ages from 70's James Brown to 90's funky house; including visuals and DJ video mixing.
The event was once again supported by the Black Kettle Brewery who provided a keg of summery ale at a special charity price.
Since the dress code was 'funky,' guests were encouraged to dress up like the Blues Brothers or Travolta with flares. There was a dance-off and prize for the best costume!
Where:The Eagles Club
170 West 3rd Street
North Vancouver, British Columbia V7M 1E8
Date: Sat, Jun 17, 2017
Hours: 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Questions? Tweet us @BigLoveNorthVan
Ticket purchase at the link below:
"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm Possible!" - Audrey Hepburn
Inspired by this quote, Modern Fort has designed a one-piece to encourage little ones, and their families, in the NICU to keep fighting. When things seem to be "impossible" we find strength in the little ones who are possible.
Donations to BC Women's Hospital Newborn ICU Campaign have a powerful, direct and immediate impact on the delivery of care to critically ill newborns.
We wish to extend our most heartfelt thanks to Robert and Dino Milacic and the entire team at Mark's Autobody for their continued support of the BC Women's Newborn ICU.
If you were unable to attend the event, you can still make a donation here.
If you are interested in hosting your own Fundraiser for BC Women's Hospital, you can find more information here.
On July 10th 2015, Goldie Bloom Menzel was born six weeks early due to an unknown condition that caused her little body to fill with fluid. The NICU did everything they could to support Goldie as she held on to life, but ten days later doctors told parents Bethany and David Menzel that they didn't see her recovering.
Bethany and David then had to make the most difficult decision a parent could ever face -- how long they wanted to continue medical care. Those days and that evening changed their lives forever as they said good bye to precious Goldie.
“On Monday night, July 20th, Our precious Goldie laid in our arms for the first time as she took her last breaths. These ten days were the most amazing, profound, heartbreaking, and life changing days we’ve ever had and maybe will ever experience.” –Bethany Menzel
The founders of Good Husbands Apparel, all three mother’s themselves, felt compelled to reach out and help the Menzel family in the best way they knew how. With their passion for locally produced, affordable toddler apparel, they created a special “Stay Gold” tee for kids, ladies and men.
With 100% of net proceeds donated directly to the NICU at BC Women’s Hospital, these tees are a way to carry on a legacy for Goldie, while supporting the NICU in continuing to provide the highest level of care to other babies just like Goldie, and reminding us all to STAY GOLD.
Photo by M&Him Photography.
“We will forever miss and ache for our baby Goldie. She will always feel like our child and the 4th member of our family… But, thankful doesn't even begin to describe how much we appreciate the experience of both her time on earth and all the unknown experiences this will lead to in our lives.” – Bethany Menzel
Photo by M&Him Photography.
To read more on Goldie's story, visit Bethany's blog.
There are still a few toddler shirts left! To purchase, please visit the Good Husbands Apparel site.
If you would like to send a card to the Menzel Family while making a gift to the NICU in memory of baby Goldie please click here.
Catherine Birch was selected as Vancouver's City Captain for Endometriosis Awareness. Stepping into role with honor and commitment, Catherine arranged the inaugural “Endomarch” walk to raise awareness for the millions of women who suffer in silence from endometriosis.
About the Endomarch
Date: Saturday May 7, 2016
Time: 11am – 12:30pm
Location: Bear Creek Park by the pool area, Surrey B.C CLICK HERE FOR MAP
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
Catherine asked everyone to come out and show support by wearing yellow to help spread awareness. “There is NO CURE for endometriosis - a chronic pelvic pain which at times is disabling”, says Catherine.
The first Endomarch walk in B.C helped end the invisibility of the debilitating condition. “I'm just a small woman with a loud voice that’s ready to make a movement so I stepped up to break the silence in BC for those who suffer from endometriosis... no there isn't a cure, no we aren't weak, no we don't need sympathy, we need research, education, and understanding,” proclaims Catherine.
Proceeds from Endomarch went towards BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis – the only truly interdisciplinary program in Canada for pelvic pain and the Endometriosis Network of Canada. A great crowd came out, and proved to all the women suffering from endometriosis that they are not alone.
You can check out the team’s Facebook page titled "Team Endiometriosis Awareness” here
Order your spring Hanging Baskets and Bedding Plants and support BC Women's Hospital Foundation!
This Spring, BC Women's Hospital Auxiliary are selling beautiful, locally grown plants to help raise money for our programs.
Plants are a great way to encourage our friends to get out into the garden while choosing to support a healthy fundraiser.
Your Spring Plant Choices:
- 12" Premium Hanging Basket - $30.00
- 12" Premium Patio Planter - $20.00
- 12" Strawberry Hanging Basket - $25.00
- 10-pack Assorted Herbs & Tomatoes – 30.00
- 10-pack 4.3" Zonal Geraniums – Red - $30.00
- 10-pack 4.3" Zonal Geraniums – Pink - $30.00
- 10-pack 4.3" Zonal Geraniums – White - $30.00
- 10-pack 4.3" Petunias – Purple - $25.00
- 10-pack 4.3" Marigolds – Orange - $25.00
- 30L Premium Organic Potting Soil- $9.00
- 1.8kg Fertilizer Shaker - Veggie & Flower 10-15-19 - $15.00
Two options for how to order:
Order online before Saturday, May 6:
- Step one: make your selections here.
- Step two: pay for your order here.
- Step three: pick up your plants on Tuesday, May 16 between 9AM-11AM in Room E204 at BC Women's Hospital.
Order in person at BC Women's Hospital:
The Auxiliary will be hosting in-person sales at the SHY Cafeteria (on the ground floor of BC Women's Hospital) on the following dates:
- April 17, 2017
- April 24, 2017
- April 26, 2017
- May 3, 2017
How to pick-up your plants:
All orders will be available for pickup on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 between 9AM-11AM in Room E204 at BC Women's Hospital.
Directions to E204, the pick-up room at BC Women's Hospital:
- Enter BC Women’s Hospital campus at the Oak Street Entrance (near West 29th Avenue + Oak Street) or the Willow Street Entrance (near West 33rd + Willow Street).
- Proceed on the Ring Road (one way only) until you reach Entrance #77 (on the Heather Street side of the site).
- At the 4-way Stop make a left turn and pass under the archway that reads “Women’s Health Centre”. The Women’s Health Centre building is on your right side.
- Enter the sliding doors and continue straight towards Sadie Diamond Centre, first door on the right under Family Planning Public Health Research.
If you have any questions, please contact Darlene at 778-997-7654 or by email.
A note from the Project: Tomorrow executive team:
We are a group of students from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, with an aim to provide students with opportunities to voice their opinions and contribute to larger issues beyond school grounds. With the goal to collaborate and support the Hope Starts Here Campaign, we hope to contribute our fundraising proceeds to replace aging equipment at the BC Women's Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and aid the essential care for BC's most critically ill infants and newborns.
This past year, upon the establishment of the Project: Tomorrow club, we have brought together over 60 students from grades eight to eleven with an aim to augment the lives of youth and their families in the lower mainland. During the 2015-2016 school year, our executive team, which includes Jerry Liu, Alicia Wong, Oscar Xu, Brian Wong, and Karen Ip, has lead and organized a variety of fundraising events, including school wide bake sales, coin drives and lunchtime sales, resulting in over 500 dollars in proceeds, all which will be donated to the Hope Starts Here Campaign.
We hope to provide our peers with volunteer opportunities within our school, in addition to those available at BC Women’s Hospital and connect students with community initiatives to shape our future.
Project: Tomorrow is a student-run club whose mission is to support local organizations who benefit the lives of infants, children, and youth by raising funds, awareness and partaking in community events to improve the quality of life for individuals and families. Project: Tomorrow was created not only with the understanding of the importance of giving back to the local community but also that tomorrow can be shaped by our efforts and actions today.
Savanna's Miracle Molds Chocolate Sales:
Small Chocolate on a stick $1.50 each
Large Chocolate on a stick $2.00 each
*PLEASE NOTE PEAK TIMES WILL BE EASTER, MOTHER'S DAY AND FATHER'S DAY.
Inspired to raise funds for the BC Women’s Hospital during the lead up to Scotia Bank Charity Challenge Run, Michelle Mosely came up with the brilliant idea to make chocolate moustaches in time for Father’s Day. Motivated by her success Michelle decided to continue with her venture expanding her chocolate stick collection to serve birthdays, Valentine’s Easter, Christmas and weddings.
Although Savanna was a full-term baby, complications during labour and delivery put her fragile life at sudden and unexpected risk. Her shoulders got stuck (shoulder dystocia) during delivery, and she breathed in meconium fluid, threatening her newborn lungs. She was immediately whisked off to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit.
“We were told she was very sick and needed specialized critical care,” says her mom, Michelle. “We were in total shock.”
Within an hour, the Infant Transport Team arrived at the hospital to transfer Savanna, now clinging to life, to BC Women’s Hospital’s Newborn ICU.
“That first night we almost lost her,” says Michelle. “She had multi-organ failure and needed many blood transfusions.”
A CT scan also showed spots in Savanna’s brain, which doctors hoped would heal if they could stabilize her condition. To help that healing, she was placed on a ventilator and then put into an induced coma for over a week. Michelle didn't get to hold her baby for 10 agonizing days.
“After she was taken off the ventilator and could breathe on her own, she was slowly taken out of her coma and she opened her eyes,” says Michelle. “Every single day after that we saw improvement. We knew she would come home.”
Savanna was in the Newborn ICU for six weeks, where a team of top specialists helped her recover and ultimately return to her family.
“ We know that Savanna received the best care possible while at BC Women’s Hospital, and we would like to continue expressing our thankfulness by contributing with our ongoing fundraising,” says a grateful Michelle. “If we hadn’t had BC Women’s Newborn ICU and the amazing doctors and nurses, Savanna wouldn’t be here – running, singing and laughing.” Savanna will be turning three years old in July, and is doing amazingly well. We really feel she is our “miracle”.