Teddy Bears with Heart

By Three Wishes Project

The Three Wishes Project at the QEII Health Sciences Centre grants wishes to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients during end of life care. The goal of the Three Wishes Project is to improve the end-of-life experience for patients and their families.

The ICU can be a stressful place for patients, families, and clinicians, especially amid a pandemic. The Three Wishes Project brings peace to the final days of a patient’s life and helps to ease the grieving process for those left behind.

With support from the Three Wishes Project, care teams in the ICU started granting "Bear Wishes" in 2019, where care teams can arrange for their patients' heartbeat to be recorded on a device that gets inserted into a teddy bear for their loved ones

ONE FAMILY'S EXPERIENCE

On April 6, 2021, Joanne and her children were at her husband Darrell’s bedside when he took his very last breath in the ICU.

“We watched his heart stop beating and then within 15 minutes, my children were each handed a teddy bear that had his heartbeat recording. They press on their bear’s paw and he’s there with them. It’s a gift that’s unexplainable,” expresses Joanne.

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A SUSTAINABLE WAY FORWARD 

Due to limited funding, there have been times when care teams in the ICU would like to offer a bear but aren't able to extend that comfort. The goal of this fundraiser is to provide sustainable funding for the teddy bears, which cost $40 each. With sustainable funding, care teams could purchase the bears in advance and have them on hand, ready for the recording device, which would go a long way to expanding the reach of these special bears to more families.

Please consider supporting this project by making a meaningful donation. Every $40 translates to one teddy bear with a special person's heartbeat sound recording installed, for their loved one to cuddle and be comforted by, after they've passed away. 

You may choose to make your gift recurring - knowing that every month, your donation will help to sustain this very special project for patients and their families receiving end of life care at the QEII.

Thank you to my Supporters

$40

Catherine Cogswell

$41.60

Monique Pelletier

$104

Cathy Jones

In memory of Allie, Nathan and Hilary's father, Darrell Robar

$41.60

Dorothy Dunnington

$104

Louanna Bethune

$208

Jennifer Hancock

$83.20

Lynn Molloy

This is such a wonderful cause

$80

Karen Adams

$80

Priscilla Sharkey

so happy to be able to contribute.

$124.80

Peggy Pelrine

$41.60

Faylene Lowrie

$124.80

Joanne Dunnington

In memory of my children's father, Darrell Robar.

$166.40

Jennifer Huson

$208

Coline & George Damczyk

In 2014, George spent a month in the ICU on life support on the 5th floor; then to 9th floor of the VG, I brought him home 4 months later. The Drs and Nurses were extremely kind to all of our family. We were told he would not make it, But between the care he received and prayers, he just celebrated his 70th Birthday. Thank You and May God Bless all of you. George and Coline Damczyk

$40

Debbie Oickle And Wade Oickle

Sending hugs to all and thanks to all who donate organs.

$312

Sarah Mcmullen

$124.80

Tanya Maclean

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