Northern Peninsula family happy to give back to Janeway ‘family’

Jamie Bennett
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Renee House, holds her daughter Jeanette, who was born five-and-a-half weeks early and spent 19 days at the Janeway, with telethon host Dave Elms, left, while Jeanette's dad David Blackwood holds the cheque during their segment Sunday, June 1, 2014 from the Captain James Cook Historic Site. The couple raised $2,400 double what of the total they raised last year.

Kelsey and Mason Gaulton are just two of the thousands of children who have received care at the Janeway Children’s Hospital over the years.

The Port au Choix siblings appeared with their parents during the 30th Annual Janeway Children’s Miracle Network Telethon from Corner Brook City Hall Sunday.

Seven-year-old Kelsey needed care at the Janeway when she was born a month premature, while Mason visited the hospital when he was three months old.

Standing and smiling with their parents Hazaret and Rodney prior to their on-air appearance, the pair looked like any other healthy, vibrant youngsters their age.

Hazaret believes much of this can be attributed to the Janeway, which is why she said it's important to donate her time to the telethon and its fundraising efforts.

“They were wonderful,” Gaulton said of staff at the Janeway. “Every year we collect money and donations because it’s a nice place to be when your kids are sick.”

She said much of what makes the Janeway special is the way families are embraced by staff at the hospital to such an extent that it becomes a warm, family-type atmosphere.

“You bond really quickly,” she said. “The staff is really friendly and that makes you feel like you’re home.”

It’s a sentiment Dave Elms, host of the Corner Brook portion of the telethon and secretary of the Janeway’s board of directors, echoed Sunday.

Several years ago Elms’ nephew needed an extended stay at the Janeway and the family was forced to move to St. John’s from their home on the Northern Peninsula.

Like Gaulton and countless other families he’s spoken with during his eight-year involvement with the foundation, Elms said the personal touch helps make the Janeway special.

“They were all on a first-name basis with the family,” Elms said, noting doctors, nurses and even housekeeping staff made the extra effort. “That’s what we’re hearing all the time and is what’s so rewarding about it.”

This year’s telethon raised $2,904,786 for the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Organizations: Janeway, Hospital Foundation

Geographic location: Annual Janeway Children, Port aux Choix, Corner Brook

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