LITTLE CURRENT— The second annual Mackenzie’s Run and Walk for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) brought out over 100 participants and raised over $3,000.

“Thank you all for being here today,” said organizer Jillian Peltier. “It is amazing to have everyone here and for all the support for CHEO. It is a sea of blue (the blue t-shirts sported by this year’s runners) today.”

Mac run- 2 km

There were three divisions for the event—a 5K run, kids 1K run and a 2K walk.

“We raised $1,715 on the run day, plus funds online and through other donations,” said Ms. Peltier. “To date our total is $3,187, but we are still accepting donations.”

Ms. Peltier started the walk last year after losing her son Mackenzie.

Mac run- 5 km start

“Our son Mackenzie was being treated at CHEO for inflammatory bowel disease when he died from cardiac arrest,” shared Ms. Peltier. “The doctors, nurses and other staff at CHEO were so amazing to not only Mackenzie but to our whole family. They did a lot to help get us through what we hope is the worst thing that will ever happen to us. We started the walk because we wanted to support CHEO and ensure that other kids continue to get the same level of care.”

The kids in the 1K run around Low Island Park rush from the start line.
The kids in the 1K run around Low Island Park rush from the start line.

“I don’t think a lot of people on the Island know, but depending on what children are diagnosed with, they could get referred to CHEO instead of Sick Kids as we are part of the Ottawa hospitals catchment area.”

This year’s funds will be split between Project Stitch—a $5 million project for the creation of two new operating rooms at CHEO—and the pediatric and intensive care units.

Those wishing to donate are asked to visit the CHEO Foundation website at www.cheofoundation.com. For more information about CHEO visit www.cheo.on.ca