Many stories are being told Wednesday and Thursday at Hill Tower 2 in downtown Regina as the Jim Pattison Childrens Hospital Radiothon is underway.
The 16th annual Radiothon is raising money for surgical suites at the hospital being built in Saskatoon that should be open for business by this time next year.
One of the stories being told is by Alicia Wheeler. She gave birth 16 weeks early to twin boys–Noah and Blake. The pair had to undergo many surgeries with Noah eventually passing away.
Alicia says those first days were stressful.
“It was full of ups and downs,” Wheeler said. “Dealing with numerous nurses and doctors, surgeries, blood transfusions were quite a lot. We lost Noah after just 13 days so we had that to deal with on top of another sick child. It was scary and devastating.”
Wheeler says having a facility in Saskatoon will be great for those who need it because the surgical suites will provide a sense of calm when there is a lot of anxiety.
“It will be comforting because you will be with your child and not sitting in a waiting room.” Wheeler said. “It’s very scary when you are waiting not knowing what will happen next.”
Anyone wanting to donate can call 352-KIDS or 1-888-808-5437 or drop by in person at Hill Tower 2.