Seeing Miracles Happen Everyday - The Canaccord Genuity Great Camp Adventure Walk #WalkForSickKids

Thursday, September 03, 2015 AnnMarie Brown 0 Comments

You never forget when your child is first placed into your arms after they have just been born. A tender life depending on you for their every need only to find out their needs are far greater than you ever imagined and you can not even begin to meet them. 

I had the pleasure of holding our precious Shaylin the day she was born. Her life started out with the tragic loss of her twin brother but she had a fight in her like I had never seen before. She was in our care for only a few days when she began shaking all the time. We later found out that she was experiencing seizures. We rushed to Sick Kids hospital where she began to seize uncontrollably the nurse rushed with her to a private treatment room and a team of doctors and nurses far to many to count began to assess her instantly and do what they could to get her seizures under control. 

They were honest with us from the very start. Her seizure activity was not responding to any medication and the seizures were lasting longer and longer every time they happened. She was still under 5lbs because every thing she was taking into her body she was burning while having seizures. 

We were visited by social workers, nurses and doctors who really couldn't say what her life would be like or if she has any permanent damage from all the seizure activity she was going through. The doctors were sure there would be some issues she would have but to what extend we would have to wait and see due to her age. 

Our little miracle is now 11 years old and although she still has to navigate through some of life's challenges on a daily basis the care we received at Sick Kids helped ease our minds when it came to what to expect later down the road. I wake up every morning knowing that Shaylin's life here with us is nothing short of a miracle and that we have been blessed richly by her. 

The Canaccord Genuity Great Camp Adventure Walk will be held this year on September 26th, 2015 in downtown Toronto. The Great Camp Adventure Walk is a challenge by choice event – YOU get to choose whether you want to complete a 5km, 10km, 15km or even 20km. And you get to stop at campsites along the route every 2.5km, each having its own unique theme and activities. The Main Camp at Fort York will be full of family friendly activities including: entertainment, arts and crafts, Fun Zone, games, Tuck Shop and quiet areas for rest.

The Great Camp Adventure Walk is a family event where you can support families like mine and other families affected by childhood illnesses or cancer. You can show your children what it is like to give back. If you want to be a part of this important day to benefit Sick Kids, head over to the Great Camp Adventure Walk page and sign up to take part in the walk or donate to a group or individual participating.If you are signing up for The Great Camp Adventure Walk, you can use the code: social, to receive a $10 discount off the registration fee.

The goal of The Great Camp Adventure Walk is to raise $2 million dollars for The Possibilities Fund at SickKids Foundation. But they can’t do it alone. 

Don’t forget to enter The Great Camp Adventure Walk Contest as well. You can enter to win 1 of 5 $100 donations to the teak of your choosing as well as $100 for yourself!

  The Great Camp Adventure Walk for SickKids Promotion Contest

Disclosure: I am part of the Canaccord Genuity Great Camp Adventure Walk for SickKids campaign with Influence Central, and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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