Mud, sweat and cheers for 900 Niagara Kids

June 26, 2017

It was another sell out year for OneFoundation’s Kids Ultimate Challenge, raising over $75,000 in support of the Children’s Health Unit at Niagara Health.
Over 900 kids from across Niagara participated in the Challenge on Sunday, June 11 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. The family-friendly event is packed with kid-friendly activities – the highlight of which is a non-competitive one-kilometre obstacle course filled with surprises – that not only promote healthy, active play, but also provide an opportunity for challengers 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.
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. 
“Almost 3000 babies are born each year at Niagara Health; 18 per cent of those babies need admission to our special care nursery for a higher level of care,” explains Carol Munro, NH Clinical Manager of the Children’s Health Unit and Special Care Nursery. “The transcutaneous monitor will help our care teams monitor and effectively treat our tiniest and sickest patients. Thank you to all the challengers and their families for helping provide this important piece of equipment!”
Since the inaugural event in 2013, more than $205,000 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

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