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Record $80,000+ Raised for Children’s Health Unit at Kids Ultimate Challenge

June 20, 2018

It was another sell out year for Niagara Health Foundation’s Kids Ultimate Challenge, raising $82,000 in support of the Children’s Health Unit at Niagara Health.
 
925 kids from across Niagara participated in the Challenge on Sunday, June 10 at Burgoyne Woods Park in St. Catharines. Modelled after the popular ‘tough mudder’ events for adults, the Kids Ultimate Challenge offers a unique experience geared to children ages four to 13.
 
Challengers leapt and bound through the non-competitive one-kilometre obstacle course filled with surprises. The real highlight was that the event not only promoted healthy and active play, it also provides Niagara youth with an opportunity to support a cause that ensures the Niagara Health’s youngest patients have access to vital patient care equipment when needed.  At the end of the day, the event is truly all about kids helping kids.
 
Funds raised at this year’s Kids Ultimate Challenge will be used to purchase a Transcutaneous Monitor, a vital piece of patient care equipment, for Niagara Health’s youngest and most vulnerable patients - babies in the Special Care Nursery.
 
Almost 3000 babies are born each year at Niagara Health; 18 per cent of those babies need admission to the Special Care Nursery for a higher level of care. Transcutaneous monitoring is used with newborn infants who require continuous monitoring of oxygen and carbon dioxide to assess the status of their ventilation.  These fragile infants are at risk of sudden changes in ventilation which can cause severe complications.  This piece of equipment can detect sudden changes in the respiratory status in real time and ensure they are acted upon immediately. 
 
Since the inaugural event in 2013, more than $287,000 has been raised by challengers for the Children’s Health Unit and Special Care Nursery.  Thanks to participants’ efforts, the unit has also received a Stryker Incubator Transport Stretcher, 2 specialized cribs and a VeinViewer Vision2 Vascular Imaging System that uses infrared light to locate veins, making it easier for hospital staff to start IVs and draw blood work on young patients.
 
To learn more about the Kids Ultimate Challenge or to make a donation directly to the unit visit www.kidsultimatechallenge.com.  Online donations will be accepted until June 30.

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