• James Parry

Seven-year-old raises over $3,000 for Montreal Children's Hospital


PHOTO BY CHANEL NOLAN

Seven-year-old Cameron Nolan, shown here with the raffle box that she herself designed, thanks everyone who helped her thank her favourite hospital in the whole wide world, The Montreal Children's.

A little over two years ago, then five-year-old Cameron Nolan - who lives in Pincourt - underwent surgery at the Montreal Children's Hospital for Strabismus, causing one of her eyes to cross involuntarily and seriously affect the way her vision was developing.

The operation was a complete success. And although Cameron, who was first diagnosed with the condition at the age of three, has to return to the hospital every six months for a check-up, she will never forget the excellent care and kindness that she received during this traumatic time.

So much so, in fact, that for her 7th birthday on March 31, she told her parents that instead of receiving presents, she would like to make a gift to the hospital as her way of saying thank you.

And what a gift it has turned out to be! At press time, a cheque in the amount of $3,015 - and still counting - to be presented to the Children's Hospital on May 6.

Says her Mom, Chanel Nolan, “It was all her initiative. She was inspired by stories of children who donated money back to the hospital to say ‘thank you’ for the care that they had received. And one evening in February after homework, we were brainstorming together and came up with the idea of a raffle and that her father, Anthony Jaquith, stepfather Michael Smith, and I would reach out to our business contacts to get prizes.

“As Cameron was turning seven, she decided that we would absolutely need seven prizes with tickets at $2 each. And that she herself would design the ticket and the raffle box.”

And so it was that they shared on Facebook, Cameron started talking about it to her friends at school and - before they knew it - they had 10 beautiful prizes and money donations started coming in from near and far.

Prizes, which have already been presented to the winners, included two pairs of diamond stud earrings from Tiffany and Co., an IGA Poirier Hudson food voucher, two spa packages, two gift cards, and a signed best-selling science fiction novel by the husband of one of Chanel's school friends, Julie Ruthven, and former Hudson resident, Matthew Mather.

Says Cameron, a Grade 1 student at Edgewater Elementary School in Pincourt and now officially recognized as a Young Ambassador for the Montreal Children's Hospital, “We always feel good if we help someone. Thank you to everyone who helped me help my hospital.”

Adds Chanel, “When asking her if she would like to do this again next year, Cameron gave us a big smile and said, 'Yes Mummy!'”

After May 6, a Foundation will be set up in Cameron's name and there will definitely be another raffle on her 8th birthday next year. If you would like to know more, e-mail her mom at cameronjaquith@outlook.com.

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