680 children in Prince George required specialized treatment at the BC Children’s Hospital last year. May 4th is ‘Jeans Day’. People are encouraged to pick up a Jeans Day button from Save-On-Foods and sport a pair of denims tomorrow to show support for kids who have, or are still, receiving care. Children like Audrey Saulters.
The 7-year-old Prince George girl was diagnosed with cancer at only 3 years old. “She had Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma cancer,” says her mother, Pamela Saulters. “It was a big tumour in her neck.”
Audrey received treatment at the BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. She underwent chemotherapy to shrink the tumour, and then radiation to kill it.
While she was sad to be away from half of her family during her battle with cancer, some of Audrey’s best memories are with the friends she made at the hospital. “There’s my friend Eli. He has cancer, then it went away, and then it came back.”
“Being able to connect to other families is huge,” says Pamela. “We have so many friends that we have met. They become part of your family too because you live with them and you are really side-by-side in the trenches when your kids are sick.”
The Saulters’ can’t say enough about the team of doctors and nurses at the hospital. “BC Children’s Hospital supports so, so many kids. They are really amazing,” says Pamela. “They treat the kids, they make sure they have a really great quality of life, they help the parents. Audrey’s Doctors–we email them updates, and all of the little successes that she has. So they really become a part of the family while they are treating your child.”
Audrey still has check-ups twice a year, and is doing well. She hopes Prince George will get behind Jeans Day. “Help children at Children’s Hospital.”