Parent of sick children praises those who pledged to telethon

Frank Gale
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After using the services of the Bay St. George Sick Children’s Foundation for two of her children on a number of occasions, Shelley Gillis was elated to see the support for the organization’s annual telethon on Sunday.

“Watching the telethon on Sunday, it was really nice to know so many families will be helped out from the generosity of the people,” she said. “It’s amazing how they come together to help.”

Foundation treasurer Bob Miller said the telethon brought in $63,498 with 740 pledges, with more expected to come in. Miller said this surpassed the $60,000 goal the foundation had set.

Gillis said their seven-year-old son Hunter and two-year-old daughter Makenna both had to be treated for kidney problems at the Janeway Children’s Hospital in St. John’s, which involved a total of seven trips between them during the last couple of years.

She said the hospital foundation provided the family with accommodations, travel and food, which “helped out tons.”

With this financial burden is taken care of, the family could concentrate its efforts on the children’s health and recovery.

She said when they went on their trips to St. John’s, they went as a family, which included her husband Garett and their now five-year-old son Emerson. Garett was able to go in with Hunter when he needed nuclear testing, since Shelley was pregnant with Makenna at the time and couldn’t be present during the procedure.

Gillis said the foundations services are great because many health insurance companies don’t reimburse families for travel expenses.

“It’s quite a burden when it’s all up to you to pay, so these pledges are for a very good cause as you don’t know when a child is going to get sick,” she said.

Geographic location: Janeway Children

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