After my friend's son Matteo passed at the age of 4 of a heart attack, the 2010 SickKids calendar shifted its proceeds to Matteo's fund.
There is nothing more devastating to a parent than losing one's son, but in spite of that the D'Ermo's wanted to do something to give back to SickKids as the hospital had always done so much for their son.
We set out our goal to raise enough money to get Matteo a plaque on the hospital wall.
Brampton Guardian, Oct. 18th, 2009
2009 calendar "Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables" - Encouraging health and raising funds.
Photographs in the 2009 calendar won first place with the PX3 international awards based out of Paris, France and two HM with the International Photography Awards based out of the United States.
The 2009 calendar originated with the strong belief that it is important for every individual to give back to the community, and is made as a tribute to Joshua. At the age of 3, completely out of the blue, Joshua began having seizures. The seizures went from one a day to - two days later - 25 a day. The seizures began in his eyes, then his arms, then his whole body, with even his breathing becoming problematic. It was a very stressful time for his parents. His mother describes it as having her heart "cracked in a million pieces." There is nothing worse than watching your child suffer and be unable to do anything. Joshua needed surgery in order to stop having seizures. He is now healthy and happy thanks to SickKids hospital. We would like to donate our proceeds to SickKids Hospital so that more children like Joshua can continue living healthy, happy lives.
The 2009 calendar incorporates not only fun images of children, but also encourages healthy eating habits.
The 2009 calendar has raised $16 517.16, thank you, we couldn't have done it without your help!
If you would like to donate or purchase a calendar, you can also call Michele at 519-941-7444 or email:
Raising funds for SickKids Hospital is so important.
Please join us in making this calendar a huge success.
"It is important to raise money for the hospital so kids won't be sick anymore. So they can stop throwing up and
be at home and get presents and feel better."
Michael - 5 years old.
"Lily loved your calendar so much that I had to hide it so that it would survive 2009! Because of it she even tried Broccoli! Well, she tried to put it on her head like Michael, but then she actually tasted it... a definite step in the right direction! Thanks!"
Nicole - parent
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