Opération Enfant Soleil’s Provincial Tour – $7,284,700 for the well-being of Montréal’s children

2 June 2022

City of Québec, June 2, 2022—On the verge of the 35th Telethon, which will take place on June 5th live from the Théâtre Capitole, Opération Enfant Soleil is renewing its regional capsule formula to unveil the projects that are funded in Quebec hospitals. We invite you to view the Montréal capsule (French only) to see how families like Dayvon’s can be supported. The region’s Enfant Soleil, Dayvon has biliary atresia and has received two liver transplants. A total of 116 grants will be awarded to organizations and hospitals in the province this year. The grants will be used to carry out several projects related to the prevention of disease in young people through physical activity and healthy lifestyles, to provide the best care for children, to support medical teams and to support families in their time of greatest need.

In the Montréal region, $7,284,700 was distributed to six institutions to finance projects and the purchase of medical equipment. This amount will be used to optimize the CHU Sainte-Justine’s outpatient centre to offer a better outpatient care experience, as well as to carry out the smart hospital project “More Hugs, No More Wires: Transforming Neonatal & Pediatric Monitoring” which consists of developing a wireless monitoring system that will, among other things, promote parent-child contact at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

“The help granted by Opération Enfant Soleil will allow us to concretize the vision of care that we want to offer to our patients, to modernize our spaces, and to offer quality care and a better care experience in general to the patients and their families,” explains Bénédicte Therrien Hogue, a nurse practitioner specialized in plastic surgery for burn victims at the CHU Sainte-Justine.

“The benefits for the children and their families are probably what motivated us to pursue this project. For very small babies in intensive care, very premature babies for example, it’s an even bigger impact on their parents. They will be able to do skin-to-skin on a daily basis without having to worry about the wires around their baby. It’s a big win for the family! Dr. Wissam Shalish, Neonatologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

For details on the projects and equipment funded in the region’s institutions, consult the document titled Details of grants, or visit http://www.operationenfantsoleil.ca/montreal. To date, more than $145 million has been donated in the Montréal region. In the coming weeks, the generosity of Quebecers will be highlighted in several video capsules, each representing a region of the province. Keep an eye on the Opération Enfant Soleil Facebook page and don’t hesitate to share them! Because small miracles don’t happen alone, thank you for your support.

About Opération Enfant Soleil

As a great unifier of Quebecers around the cause of sick children, Opération Enfant Soleil has been supporting their recovery throughout the province, regardless of their illness, for 35 years. From awareness to prevention, through investigations, diagnosis, equipment used during treatment or ambulatory care at home, Opération Enfant Soleil accompanies children and their families at every stage of the disease. Thanks to the funds raised, about a hundred projects are carried out each year in regional hospitals, where children can be cared for close to their families, as well as in large pediatric centers, which can acquire state-of-the-art technology and create welcoming spaces. Funds are also donated each year to organizations for the realization of more than 50 projects related to the prevention of disease among youth through physical activity and healthy lifestyle habits. To date, close to $288 million has been donated throughout Quebec thanks to the generosity of donors, the support of volunteers and the dedication of partners. For more information, visit www.operationenfantsoleil.ca.

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