Each year, CHEO identifies a remarkable child to represent all CHEO patients in the Children’s Miracle Network Champions program presented by Walmart Canada. This awareness program was designed to educate communities on the life-saving work being done by pediatric hospitals across the continent. Jacob Randell has been a CHEO patient since being diagnosed with atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumour at the age of five. Jacob required a 17 hour surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. He needed physiotherapy to learn how to walk and eat again and was later diagnosed with Schwannoma, a genetic condition which causes tumours to grow on nerve endings. Last year, Jacob underwent esophageal surgery to help with trouble swallowing. Jacob has been through a lot, yet he remains a happy, loving and inspiring young man.
Jacob is playing host to Canada’s 12 other Champions who are in Ottawa to take part in our country’s 150th anniversary celebration. They have a full itinerary in the Nation’s Capital today including an early morning shopping spree at Walmart, a visit to Parliament Hill, and time at the Canadian Museum of History.
The celebration will conclude with a spectacular party at the Ottawa Marriot. Over the weekend all Children’s Miracle Network hospital foundations have been encouraging their communities to show their limitless support by filling up a yellow balloon online. These balloons are physically being filled up in real time in a room at the Ottawa Marriott. Tonight at 6 p.m. all 13 Canadian Champions and their families will be surprised by walking into this room filled with THOUSANDS of yellow balloons representing Canada’s support for them. You still have time to be part of this amazing event by visiting www.childrensmiraclenetwork.ca/balloons and blowing up a balloon in support of Jacob and the thousands of children and youth who rely on Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across the country.