Fundraisers brought in more than $81,000 for a central Alberta girl suffering from kidney failure caused by E. coli, and now the family is donating the excess money back to local groups.
Several fundraisers were held for Jamie and Josh Harden of Big Valley and their daughter Sadie, 2, who was at Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital last September.
The Harden family is giving back some of the money raised, including $10,000 for the Stollery Stollerific Program and $14,560 to the Stettler Health Services Foundation.
The family has also donated some funds to families with sick children in need of support.
Last fall, the foundation bought a $35,000 ventilator for the Stettler Hospital emergency department with money raised through the Stettler Festival of Lights.
The money donated by the Harden family will help buy modules to add to the ventilator.
“It will enable the physician to ventilate newborns and children while they wait for STARS to transport to a higher level of care,” said the foundation in a release.
“The other module purchased will monitor the carbon dioxide level for all patients while being ventilated.”
The money raised for the Harden family was with the help of the Alberta rodeo communities, as well as Stettler and area residents, family and friends.
Sadie spent 17 days in Stollery Children’s Hospital and had four days of blood and kidney dialysis and five blood transfusions.