Fitness fundraiser raises $11,000 for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

Members of the BC community had come out of the house and stood up to raise money for the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

the hospiceas well as fitness studios and gyms joined forces July 15-17 to hold dedicated fitness classes to raise funds for pediatric palliative care.

Canuck Place is the only pediatric palliative care services program in British Columbia and the Yukon, providing care to over 800 youth (up to age 19) and families while operating 13 patient beds and eight family suites in two hospices in Vancouver and Abbotsford.

Participating workshops includes Innovative Fitness, Movement by NM, Pure Barre, Barre Fitness, F45, Body and Soul, Groundwork Athletics and more.

A child is cared for by Canuck Place for an average of seven years, and their family goes through the bereavement program for three years. Over 800 children are living with life-threatening illnesses and families in five provincial health regions receive hospital and community care from Canuck Place (home/hospital).

The Children’s Hospice says it empowers children and family to make decisions about their illness, such as place of care, end-of-life place and emotional support.

While Canuck Place is still determining overall numbers for the campaign, they said they have raised over $11,000 so far with over 20 gyms and studios participating.

Money raised will go towards patient care services to improve quality of life, including medical respite and family support, pain and symptom management, provincial 24-hour clinical care line, music therapy and recreation therapy, education and art, bereavement, loss and bereavement. as end-of-life care.

Live Well Exercise Clinic participated in fundraising at a total of six locations, including Langley, Abbotsford, New Westminster, North Vancouver, White Rock and South Delta.

One hundred percent of all proceeds from courses held for fundraising benefit the CPCH. Live Well Exercise’s class styles included ’70s-themed workouts perfect for beginners and flexibility or relaxation exercises, said Sara Hodson, president and CEO of Live Well Exercise Clinic. .

“I think it’s incredibly important for local businesses to support local charities and give our members the opportunity to give back to meaningful organizations like the meaningful work at Canuck Place,” she said. “Many charities and foundations haven’t been able to put on the typical events and galas they usually would, to raise much-needed funds to do their essential work, so this is a really fun way to support not just a local charity. but in a way that we can all be active and contribute to our health.

When a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, parents are impacted by the intense stress of the round-the-clock care they provide for their child, according to a news release. This includes financial pressures, relationship challenges, fatigue, distress and increased acute care needs that impact the mental and physical health and overall quality of life of BC families.

Since 2015, Canuck Place has seen a 34% increase in the number of children and families in the program.

In 2020, nine-year-old Cameron Bulger was part of the Canuck Place program and heartbreakingly passed away on May 16, 2020.

“We are grateful to the team at Canuck Place for allowing us to care for Cameron at home, spend time loving him and every moment spent with him. The entire Canuck Place team helped our family create memories, supported us through our grief, gave us time to be loving parents, and took care of the rest. We couldn’t imagine dealing with the loss of our Cameron without Canuck Place,” said Sharon Bulger, Cameron’s Canuck Place mum.

Many Live Well members are connected to fundraising and excited to share their support, Hodson said.

“Our members have grandchildren and most of our members have at least one story of someone they know and love who has been cared for by Canuck Place,” Hodson said. “I think when we connect on this meaningful level, no one would ever expect their loved one to need any kind of palliative care, especially a child, but for some of our members, especially grandparents, it knock on the house.”

Installation of Glen Brae at the Vancouver Hospice. (Photo courtesy of Canuck Place)

Live Well Exercise Clinic fitness classes in session.  (Photo courtesy of Live Well Exercise Clinic)

Live Well Exercise Clinic fitness classes in session. (Photo courtesy of Live Well Exercise Clinic)

Betty K. Park