St. John’s, NL – The Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation is excited to announce its Janeway and Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Champion for 2023, Abigale Latoszek.  A special event was held at her school, St. Mary’s Elementary, to make the announcement in front of her family, friends, teachers and staff. The event also recognized last year’s Champion, Xavier Rodrigues, to thank him for doing an outstanding job representing the Janeway and CMN throughout the past year.

Each year, the Janeway Foundation identifies a remarkable child to serve as their Champion. Their story demonstrates the incredible advances that have been made in children’s health care in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the personal journey children and their families take to overcome illness or injury.

Abigale, or Abi, is a bright, funny, sweet and energetic 8 and a half year old. Her favourite pastimes are singing and dancing, riding and caring for horses, and spending time with her cousins and her cats.

Staci, Abi’s mom, says, “She 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.”

Abi’s Janeway journey began when she was 5 years old. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL). To date, she visited the Janeway more than 210 times receiving excellent care in countless departments. She formed special friendships with the nurses, her social worker, and many other staff members who provided the best care and comfort when Abi and her family needed the support.

Abigale is looking forward to a big year ahead sharing her story at various events. A highlight will be a trip to Florida for the CMN Children’s Hospital Week where she will get an opportunity to meet other Champions and their families.

The Champion Program is sponsored by Walmart Canada, a long-time supporter of the Janeway and CMN. Ben Girvan, Director, Market Leader, and many Walmart Managers were pleased to join the event to hear first-hand how their partnership impacts the Janeway.

About the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation
The Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation is a registered charitable organization created to raise funds to meet the financial needs of the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre for capital projects, medical equipment and research and programs directly related to the health and welfare of NL children, while promoting awareness of these needs.

About Children’s Miracle Network
Children’s Miracle Network® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals, 14 of which are in Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, purchase pediatric medical equipment, and support research. Its various fundraising partners and programs support its mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Visit the Children’s Miracle Network website to learn more about its cause. In Canada, Children’s Miracle Network is managed and operated by Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations®.