Our Mission is to address the unmet needs of children living with heart conditions across Saskatchewan.
The Mending Little Hearts Fund of Saskatchewan is a designated charitable fund which was created in partnership with the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. This fund allows you to make directed donations toward addressing the unmet needs of children living with heart conditions from across Saskatchewan.
Your contributions will improve the health, wellbeing and survival of these children by:
- Providing additional essential clinical equipment for families to use at home to monitor their child’s status.
- Allowing a child and family to attend CHAMPS Camp.
- Supporting local research for children with heart conditions.
- Developing family support services and educational resources.
1 in 100 Babies are BORN With A Congenital HEART DEFECT
Half of these babies would die without surgery. There are currently about 3,000 kids in Saskatchewan living with a heart condition, and you can make a difference in the lives of these children in your community. Support the Mending Little Hearts Fund – your support stays right here in the province!
The Mending Little Hearts Story
How It All Started
Heart families in the province of Saskatchewan have had the support of a wonderful group called The Little Hearts Family Group (LHFG) for the last 10 years. The LHFG provides peer support, raises awareness, shares information, and advocates for quality care of children with acquired or congenital heart conditions and their families in Saskatchewan.
Funding For Equipment, Research, & Additional Support
It was from working with the LFHG and the Family Advisory Group for the Western Canadian Children’s Heart Network that Registered Nurse, Lynne Telfer, a heart mom herself, discovered parents of heart children had many similar health concerns. This prompted Lynne to apply for a Saskatchewan Union of Nurses grant. Working with our researchers from the College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan and the Department of Psychology, University of Regina, and our Pediatric Cardiologists and Clinic Staff, and other heart mom’s like Juanita Praksas, was then the catalyst for starting CHAMPS Camp in 2015. Appreciating the need for additional funding for equipment, research, and support, Anna Maton, another heart mom, helped us develop the Mending Little Hearts Fund in partnership with the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation in 2016. The Fund is a non profit organization with the mandate to address the unmet needs of children in Saskatchewan living with heart conditions.