Splash & Dash is the signature event for Sarah’s Fund for Cedars that raises critical funds for the needs of young cancer patients who are hospitalized on Sarah’s Floor, the in patient Hematology- Oncology division, at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
Already, over 2 million has been raised through Splash & Dash—this special event where cancer patients, friends and family members Swim, Bike and Run for pet therapy, music therapy, Dr. Clown, nurse training and social services.
Splash & Dash and Sarah’s Fund began in 2001 with the desire of an eight year old, Sarah, the funds namesake, wanting to help other children who also had cancer.
However, her dream is far from complete. She wants to ensure that the hospital continues to have the latest equipment, the means to conduct life-saving research and the tools to teach the next generation of doctors, nurses and other specialists who will provide children with the very best possible care and services.
The organizers of Splash & Dash, want to Go Beyond their wildest dreams and raise $300,000 for the needs of children hospitalized with cancer on Sarah’s Floor, at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
These courageous young patients deserve the kind of support that reflects a community’s commitment to excellence and innovation; that says “we understand what you’re going through and we’re going to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible”; that brings unicorns, rainbows and smiles into their rooms despite the hardships they and their families are facing. We have our eyes set on rainbows, unicorns and smiles so please help us Go Beyond for cancer patients at the Montreal Children’s Hospital!
Help us raise our ambitious $300,000 goal at the 18th edition of Splash & Dash for Sarah’s Fund at Cedars.
Sarah’s Fund for Cedars was started in 2001 by Sarah Cook, an eight-year-old girl battling Ewing’s Sarcoma who was determined to make it a little easier for the other children on the floor by buying new pillows.
For over 16 years, Sarah’s Fund has gained momentum and continues to support the efforts of the professionals who make a positive difference in the lives of hundreds of children and their families every year.
The fund supports the pressing needs of the Pediatric Hematology- Oncology Division by providing the best care to improve the quality of life for young cancer patients on Sarah’s Floor, at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
Sarah’s Floor, the Hematology-Oncology In-Patient Ward serves critically ill patients who suffer from cancer and leukemia.
These young patients have specific needs and often experience long-term hospital stays, which can be difficult and stressful.
Thanks to the enthusiastic giving of our Montreal community corporations and through special events, Sarah’s Fund has raised over 12 million.
The Fund addresses the pressing needs of Sarah’s Floor, with positive results including:
This program was created to aid the families who are in need of financial assistance due to the stresses that a child’s illness can place on a family. Sarah’s Fund provides the families with essential needs such as, meal tickets, parking passes, transportation for medical needs and accommodations for families living in regions outside Quebec. This initiative allows families to focus on the care, well being and treatments of their child.
This program provides young cancer patients with an opportunity for social and sensory interaction with therapeutic animals in the hospital setting. Sarah’s Fund contributes to helping to reduce the stress and contributes to the healing and quality of life to the young cancer patients on Sarah’s Floor.
This program provides clowns who bring smiles and joy to young cancer patients on Sarah’s Floor. These therapeutic clowns, Dr. Fifi and Dr. Pedalo, help to relieve the stress of hospitalization by transporting the patient into a world of imagination and therapeutic play.
This program offers music therapists who use elements of music such as rhythm, melody and harmony to promote, maintain and restore physical, emotional and spiritual health. On Sarah’s Floor, the oncology-hematology in patient unit, this music health care environment helps the patient healing process.
Nurses are at the heart of every hospital. Investing in nursing education allows the dedicated hematology oncology nursing team to be at the forefront of their profession by staying abreast of best practices and to offer the highest possible standard of care to the young cancer patients.
This year is the 18th annual Splash and Dash and I am in awe of our continued support. 18 years ago, Splash and Dash was created to achieve a little girl’s dream of buying new pillows for all the patients be treating for cancer at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Little did my family and I know the immense support we would receive from the Montreal Community that took us far beyond the dream of new pillows. I am proud to say that because of all of you we have been able to renovate the entire Montreal Children’s in-patient oncology ward, Sarah’s Floor, and help guarantee that all the programs that we have started over the years for the children and their families continue to be offered at the new Hospital. Splash and Dash focuses on patient care; with the money raised we help support pet therapy, music therapy, and continued education for nurses, and so many other programs that help the kids feel like kids.
Splash and Dash this year we are celebrating life. A child’s, and families, life is changed in an instance when diagnosed with cancer, so every good moment needs to be celebrated. When I visit the floor and hear laughter and see smiling faces, I know that we have made a huge difference in patients’ lives. I have also known too many people who weren’t as lucky, and I take them with me on every journey I make. I celebrate life with them always in my heart and I know that this event will one day help allow more children to celebrate their lives themselves.
I want to thank you for the bottom of my heart for supporting Splash and Dash and Sarah’s Fund. So, bring your family and friends 2 November 2019 and celebrate life with us, and come watch our very own heroes from Sarah’s Floor participate.