We were able to purchase a Vscan for cardiologists at the Stollery Childrens hospital from funds from the second annual Skate-a-Thon.
In 2011, the Treasure Life Foundation provided Dr. Yashu Coe, Cardiologist at the Stollery Children’s Hospital with $25,000.00 bringing our total contributions to date to $80,000. Those monies were utilized to fund educational materials, research and medical equipment such as oximeters (which measure oxygen levels) and coagucheck machines (which measure blood thinness, particularly useful in the prevention of stroke) for children to use at home minimizing the number of visits to hospitals and labs.
During our second annual Skate-A-Thon at the KNRCC with the help of Beaumont Ringette we raised over $7,400 in the 2 hour event. Those monies are earmarked towards our commitment of nearly $8,000 to fund a mini echo machine to be used in the catheterization lab at the Stollery. This will allow Doctors to see inside the heart with a machine not much larger than a smartphone and possibly avoid or at least enhance more invasive procedures. You can review the particulars of this piece of equipment by looking at this site: http://www.ge.com/innovation/vscan/index.html. The equipment is called an eScan. Last year the skate funded a make a wish trip for a cardiac child.
In 2012, the Treasure Life Foundation will continue to provide ongoing funding to fund the Treasure bead program which started in the Stollery Children’s Hospital on Jan 19/11. We will continue with our mandate to educate the public, purchase specialized medical equipment and continue our wildly successful Treasure Bead Program at the Stollery, support research initiatives and fund the production of specific educational materials.