Janel Goodwin

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I’m joining in the Teddy Bear FUN to help Stollery kids from my backyard!

I'm participating in Teddy Bear Fun Fest on May 11, 2024 at Rundle Park. The Stollery is a cause that's near and dear to my heart. Before our son was born, before we even knew if he was a girl or boy, we knew that he was special. We knew that he had just half a heart. The doctors do not know why, but our baby was sick. I went into labor on December 18th and an excruciating 20 hours later Chase was born. He was born with one of the worst and rarest congenital heart defects. Specifically it is called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Essentially he was born with just half a heart.

When Chase was just 10 days old he had his first of three open-heart surgeries. It was a very long 5 hours. After his surgery was done the doctors said he did great. He was taken to the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) at the Stollery. He spent 4 days there before he was transferred to the Cardiac Unit. In total we spent the first month of his life in the hospital. I spent every waking moment I could with Chase holding him, and kissing him, and changing him, and feeding him. Everything I would do at home, just in the hospital.

We spend the next few months at home together going to many, many doctors appointments. We landed in the hospital once because Chase caught a cold right before his second surgery. Chase spent three weeks before surgery in isolation so he wouldn't get sicker.

At 5 1/2 months old Chase had his second operation and at 3 1/2 years old he had his third and final operation.   

We have been blessed to have such great cardiac care in Edmonton. Chase needed it as a baby, needs it as a child and will continue to need the best care as an adult.  

With your support, we'll help kids from backyards across central and northern Alberta access some of the best physical and mental health care anywhere in the world – and have a ton of fun while we're doing it!

Want to help?

You can help me reach my fundraising goal by making a donation today. Your donation will support Stollery kids and help fund the best programs, specialized equipment, cutting-edge research and training at the Stollery Children's Hospital.

Join in on the fun!

The more the merrier - show your Stollery support and register today! Thanks so much for your support!

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Tuesday 7th May
I set a goal of $1000 personally raised, and thanks to everyone so far I beat my original goal!!   So now we set a new one - can you help me reach it??   

Thanks to my supporters


Trent, Erin,brooklynn,riley And Meadow

Great work Janel!!!


Charlette Opper

Cheering you on. Have fun.


Denis Lavergne

Happy to help good luck reaching your goal


David Huculak


Lee Rusinko


Kathy Law

People like you are important in continuing charity work, because you have had the experience of concern over an unwell child. You know. My very best wishes to you and your family.


Dylan Bibbs

Go Chase!


Jeff Symic

Thank you for supporting a great cause


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