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.
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!
Our three programs, RMH London, RMH Windsor and the RM Family Room London were able to provide supportive services to 4,517 families with sick kids.
RMHC-SWO provided 15,990 nights of comfort to families keeping them close to their child’s specialized medical care.
Each night a family stays close at RMH it is estimated they save $183 on accommodations, meals and other home comforts.
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