Extraordinary partners, major donors, big-hearted visionaries, motivated and motivating fundraising event organizers, inspirational young people, a mobilized community, engaged staff at the CHU Sainte-Justine: these are the members of the extended family that give us the power to transform the lives of mothers and children. Here’s our spotlight on 2017-2018!
The strength of Juliette
It wasn’t just the Foundation’s 2017-2018 year that ended strong—so did Juliette’s! On July 13, 2017, she left her second home, the Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Centre, where she had been living for over a year.
Winter 2016. One last run. An afternoon of skiing like any other for 12-year-old Juliette, her brother Ludovic and her father, Matthieu. She started down the trail, but it was icy. She lost control.
Her uncontrolled descent came to an abrupt halt when she crashed headfirst into the wall of an ice castle built on the edge of the trail. Then, nothing. A total blackout.
Two years later, she says, “My brain has blocked out the memory of the accident. It’s better that way.” She’s with her occupational therapist, Justine, who earlier greeted her like a rock star, arms as wide as her smile. She adjusts a brand new cushion in Juliette’s wheelchair. Juliette can no longer walk and hasn’t been able to straighten her fingers since that January day.
She sustained three crushed cervical vertebrae in the impact—the 5th, 6th and 7th. Bone fragments from the 6th vertebra scratched her spinal cord, preventing neurological connections between Juliette’s brain and the lower part of her body.
At the Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Centre CHU Sainte-Justine (CRME), everyone knows her and greets her warmly: “Ah, it’s the lovely Juliette, come to pay us a visit!” She feels at home. During her stay, she was even the one who welcomed the newest young patients.
For Juliette, the Centre is where her new life began, where she learned how to do everything again, to adapt to life in a wheelchair and even rediscover joy. The Centre brought out a ‘new’ Juliette. “For me, the Centre was like a big school. I came to understand that my condition doesn’t dictate my life—it’s up to me to choose my own direction.”
“Once, she broke down… when she was first at the Centre. She was crying and said to me, ‘My life is wasted!’ It’s hard for a parent to hear their daughter say something like that, but I think it was even harder for her to live through it… That was the only time,” remembers her father.
The Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Centre is…
The Centre is more than a rehabilitation facility devoted to maximizing the autonomy of children living with a motor or speech-language impairment. It’s a living environment. It’s a home that welcomed Juliette for 17 months. It’s a family that patients never really leave.
For me, the Centre was like a big school. I came to understand that my condition doesn’t dictate my life—it’s up to me to choose my own direction.
Your generosity changes lives
Before being admitted to the Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Centre, Juliette was first transferred to the CHU Sainte-Justine, the leading trauma centre in the province. It receives 72% of serious trauma cases from across Quebec.
Throughout her treatment journey, equipment acquired thanks to the Youth Challenge and donors like you had an impact on her care. From the mobile medical imaging device and trauma room ultrasound apparatus, to a special mattress that prevents pressure sores and the system that keeps the lungs from collapsing, your donations are in action at the patient’s bedside. Juliette is living proof.
Now stronger than ever, Juliette is once again thriving and smiling. Thanks to your support and her caregiving team, Juliette has opened the door on a new life. A different life, but one that’s far from uninteresting.
“One step at a time: that’s the philosophy I’ve decided to adopt. Life moves forward, not backward. This is my life now.” And she is doing her utmost to make it as full as possible: singing, acting, volunteering—especially with the Dr. Clown program. Nothing can stop her.
And for you, Juliette, nothing will stop us either.
2017-2018: A remarkable year
A love of children, generosity, family, excellence, leadership and ethics are values that are inseparable from the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation’s mission.
Dear donors, guided by the values that bring us together, you have demonstrated a strong desire to support the mission of the CHU Sainte-Justine: to strive for excellence in order to provide the best care in the world for the children and mothers of today and tomorrow.
Once again this year, you demonstrated proof of your unwavering confidence in our mission and cause. Thanks to you, your unconditional support, boundless generosity and vital commitment, not only were we able to bring the major Healing More Better campaign to a grand close but we were also able to end 2017-2018 with $36.8 million in donation revenue!
With you and Sainte-Justine’s teams of passionate professionals, we have made it possible for our hospital centre to reaffirm its position as a North American leader in pediatric health. We have created a place for Quebec children and families where research, teaching, care and its humanization exist in perfect harmony and allow us to envision the best future for them.
Looking toward a future of infinite possibilities, the Sainte-Justine CHU Foundation wants, more than ever, to make known, loud and clear, what it is and what it does, and to reinforce its position as a philanthropic leader.
Big dreams lie before us. With you, we can look forward to the prospect of bringing them to fruition. Together, we are stronger, we advance faster, and we will go further: our large, tightly woven family is preparing to transform the care of Quebec's mothers and children.
For your generosity, commitment and trust, we say: thank you!
The Honourable Michael M Fortier, PC
Chair of the Board of Directors
President and CEO
2017-2018 was the year that marked the end of the Healing More Better campaign and breathed new life into the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation. We are rethinking our future in a responsible, rigorous and ambitious manner. We are renewing our vision to increase your impact, and, in so doing, supporting the CHU Sainte-Justine to help it achieve its ambitions!
The CHU Sainte-Justine is surrounded by enormously talented people who have joined forces for the love of children. Once again this year, you have demonstrated the breadth and depth of your dedication along with the strength of your conviction. You have shown yourself to be true ambassadors of our cause and, because of you, it is possible to believe in the impossible.
The Honourable Michael M Fortier, PC
The CHU Sainte-Justine, an unparalleled leader
The CHU Sainte-Justine brings together the best minds in research, teaching and care, all in a continuum focused exclusively on the patient. The CHU Sainte-Justine continues to tirelessly propel medicine to ever-greater heights for the health of mothers and children.
People with hearts as big as their dedication
They are passionate, dedicated and driven by a deep desire to do something beyond their hard work on a daily basis. CHU Sainte-Justine employees’ commitment to their hospital is a true way of life. They provide care in the present, while always wishing the best for the future.
Our hospital is truly fortunate to be able to count on a visionary philanthropic organization that is so closely aligned with our leadership and forward way of thinking.
Honouring your trust, one donation at a time
We are committed to maximizing the use of every dollar to better meet the CHU Sainte-Justine’s most important needs. To achieve this, transparency, integrity and ethics are at the heart of our priorities.
This year, some $31 million was donated to the CHU Sainte-Justine to provide it with the means to achieve its greatest ambitions in care, teaching and research. Because your donations today lead to tomorrow’s care, thank you for your continued confidence!
2017-2018 X you
Each one of you, in your own way, has generously shown your support for our ambition to innovate continuously so that we can heal our patients better. You embody the visionaries who nurture the hope of a future with infinite possibilities: the best way to predict it is to create it.
For all the children of Sainte-Justine like Juliette, and their families, your commitment is a source of hope. By contributing to the advancement of innovative projects, you are transforming lives forever.
Thank you! ❤
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