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Our Kids

Our Janeway Kids

Each and every one of our incredible Janeway Kids has a story to tell.  They inspire us with their courage and determination. Here are a few of their stories.

Champion Child, Abigale (Abi) Latoszek
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Abigale is a little fashionista, who absolutely loves to dress up, sing and dance. When she was just five years old, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and has spent many months going through treatments and tests.

Abi has been admitted to the Janeway many times and to date, she has had over 210 visits to countless departments throughout the hospital.

She likes to educate people about her condition and what she goes through, showing her scars, her port and even her hair that she kept after she lost it.

Abi has completed her chemotherapy treatments and will continue to visit the Janeway for her follow-up tests and check-ups.

Here’s Abi’s story:

“Abi proved time after time how strong she is. How much fight she has in her. She never once gave up, and she made it to the finish line. The nightmare is over, but the journey continues.”    Mom, Staci

Miracle Kid, Owen Raymond
Spina Bifida

Owen looks forward to travelling to the Janeway from his home in Labrador City for his surgeries and check-ups and, of course, to visit his friends at the hospital.

Diagnosed with Spina Bifida Owen has had nine surgeries to date, the first one when he was just 15 hours old.

He is an inquisitive little guy who needs to know everything about his condition and what his doctors and nurses are going to do, especially when he is heading in for another surgery. Watching him listen so intently to what his caregivers are telling him is incredible.

There will be additional surgeries and many future visits to the Janeway for Owen. He says, “They take great care of me at the Janeway.”

Here’s Owen’s story:

“I am sure Owen has benefited from every surgical tool at the Janeway already. While Owen, for the most part, is a healthy, happy little boy, he has his medical issues and we are so happy we have the staff at the Janeway to turn to whenever we need help.”    Mom, Victoria

Miracle Kid, Clarke Keating
Type 1 Diabetes

Clarke is an incredible young person. At just ten years old she became very sick and had to be rushed to the Janeway via ambulance from the clinic in Whitbourne. That is when her Janeway journey began.

Being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes was very scary and overwhelming for Clarke. Her biggest worry was that she would not be able to play hockey, a sport that she truly loves.

Everyone at the Janeway made her feel at ease, assuring her that she could still participate in all her favorite activities. She was so happy that she played her accordion for the staff on the 4th floor nurses station, something her family will never forget.

Clarke’s diabetes is regulated by an insulin pump and her team is very pleased with her progress. She visits the Janeway every three months for tests and check-ups.

Here’s Clarke’s story:

“The Janeway is very important to our family. They saved Clarke’s life and taught all of us how to live with Type 1 Diabetes, for which we will be forever grateful.”    Mom, Laura

Miracle Kid, Aspyn Michelin
Heart Murmur

Being diagnosed with a heart murmur at just three months of age and having surgery at seven years to help blood flow to her heart, has not stopped Aspyn from doing what she loves – swimming, riding her bike, playing on her trampoline and spending time with her friends.Every three months Aspyn visits the Janeway for her check-ups and tests to be sure that all is well with her precious little heart. She is always excited to go to the Janeway to see all her friends in the Cardiology Department. In the winter months, Aspyn and her mom travel by skidoo to the airport in Rigolet to catch their flight.

Here’s Aspyn’s story:

“We are so very thankful and blessed to have such a supportive team of nurses, doctors and support staff at the Janeway. They always go above and beyond to be sure that our visits are as pleasant and memorable as possible.”    Mom, Jennifer