Julianne - The Inspiration

Julianne - The Inspiration Team JIFFY in the Kitchen

In 2014, just twelve hours after Julianne was born, her parents learned that a part of her intestine/bowel tissue had died. The surgeon wasn’t sure if she would survive, but by saving only 10% of her small intestine, Julianne now lives with a condition called short bowel syndrome.

Karen, who was a friend of Julianne’s grandparents, would help Julianne’s mother, Kate, at the Hospital in London where Julianne recovered from her first surgeries for several months.  

It was at this time that Karen realized what families go through to stay by their sick child’s side...

With Julianne’s ongoing medical needs taking her to Toronto, Karen decided to do what she could to help other families staying close to their sick children here in London. For three years now, the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House London and visiting the Family Room inside Children’s Hospital have enjoyed delicious meals, hot soup and baked goods by kitchen volunteer group Team JIFFY. Karen explains,

Team JIFFY stands for ‘Julianne’s Inspired Friends Feeding You and includes Julianne’s grandparents as well as close family friends and neighbours.

What many people do not realize is that due to a lack of functional intestine/bowel, Julianne is dependent on intravenous food and water for 18 hours every day, which comes with many complications. Despite this, she continues to thrive and surprise everyone. Julianne’s friends and family weren’t the only ones that wanted to give a helping hand, and it was discovered that they aren’t the only ones who can bake either! Julianne and her sister Eloise organized a bake sale on Canada Day weekend and decided to donate the $1,000 proceeds to Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwestern Ontario to help keep families like theirs close!

You can help families staying close too!

Learn more about volunteering at RMH London, RMH Windsor or the RM Family Room London

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