Current Campaign

The Current Challenge - Equipment Commitment 2017

The Just for Kids Foundation’s 2017 campaign “A Breath For Life” will enable the families and young patients of the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) to breathe a little easier.

This year’s goal is to raise funds to purchase $500,000 of high priority medical equipment to support the urgent needs of MCH departments including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Respiratory Medicine department. This life-saving equipment will allow the world-class doctors at the MCH to treat an array of young, fragile patients: from helpless infants in their first and most critical moments of life to those suffering from chronic illnesses that affect breathing.

In addition, JFK will be raising funds to pilot two new projects at the MCH, both benefitting the NICU.

The JFK Sibling Park will cater to patient families by focusing on the often overlooked healthy siblings of these tiny patients. This program will provide overwhelmed parents with more time to bond with their hospitalized babies, alleviating the financial and time-consuming stress of securing additional childcare.  Siblings will be able to join their parents at the hospital and be cared for in a warm and welcoming environment, run by a group of childcare professionals. They will be engaged in games and activities and be assisted with homework, to help maintain routine in their lives as their families go through trying times. The Sibling Park will enable bonding time for everyone and allow siblings to feel included in the care of their new baby.  This is an innovative and holistic approach to caring for sick children and their families.

The JFK Kangaroo Care program will provide NICU nurses with the proper training to empower them to be champions for Kangaroo Therapy: a beneficial method of skin-to-skin, chest-to-chest bonding that is valuable to both the baby and the parents. This therapy has been proven to stabilize vital signs, reduce infection rates, as well as decrease pain, crying and stress in babies. It has been linked to earlier discharge dates, better neuro-behavioural development, more rapid weight gain and increased breast milk production. With NICU nurses armed with the knowledge and ability to teach parents this method, the MCH will become an innovative leader in the promotion of Kangaroo Care to Montreal families.

These two special programs will work in tandem. The JFK Sibling Park allows parents the comfort of knowing their older children are well cared for, enabling time for Kangaroo Care Therapy with their tiny newborns.