Stories - Our Kids
12-Year-Old Girl Uses Her Remission As A Chance To Give Back
8,402 Kilometres, 54 Speeches and 1 Massive Bake Sale
One-year-ago, Abigail Stewart decided to show other children at the Children’s Hospital that even though you have been through a hard time, you can make it, and go on to great things. So great in fact that after 8,402 kilometres of travelling across Canada, Disney World, making 54 speeches, and holding 1 massive fundraiser bake sale – Abby donated over $22,520 to the Children’s Hospital Foundation to benefit the Oncology Unit; the unit that saved her life.
“Abigail has truly been a superhero to all”, states Stefano Grande, President & CEO. ”She not only lights up a room but carries a torch to inspire us all to work that much harder for kids here at the Children’s Hospital-HSC Winnipeg. The money she has donated today will go to benefit kids like her for generations to come. We thank Abby and her family for being incredible ambassadors for our Foundation.”
Abigail Stewart was diagnosed with multi system langerhans cytosis where her white blood cells were eating away at her bones, acting like cancer and was treated like cancer. As part of her treatment Abigail went through a year of chemotherapy and steroid treatment and is now in remission, but the damage and after affects are still felt today. In addition to her chemotherapy treatment, Abigail has undergone a number of procedures including a biopsy and a dental procedure to repair her teeth after they were damaged by the steroid treatment. They also scraped the tumour during another procedure. While the tumour is still there, it is inactive. Over the past 12 months, Abigail travelled to Ottawa to meet other child champions that represented their local Children’s Hospital, shared her story with the Prime Minister of Canada, the Honourable Justin Trudeau, appeared live on the Children’s Miracle Network in Disney World, and shared her story across Manitoba. She inspired so many while showcasing what an amazing hospital and research institute we have here in Manitoba. The Champion program, run by the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, honours remarkable children who have triumphed despite severe medical challenges. The program is sponsored by Walmart Canada.
Stay tuned to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba social media channels @CHFManitoba on March 12th, 2019 when the 2019 Champion Child will be announced.