New Waterford boy named champion by the IWK Health Centre Foundation

Staff ~ The Cape Breton Post
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NEW WATERFORD — Champions come in all sizes and the IWK has found a small but mighty one.

The IWK Health Centre Foundation has announced Reid Mayich, 4, of New Waterford, as its 2013 Children's Miracle Network Champion.

The IWK Health Centre Foundation has announced Reid Mayich, 4, of New Waterford, as its 2013 Children's Miracle Network Champion.

Mayich will be the representative this year for the Champions program, sponsored by Walmart, and will be heading to Orlando, Fla., in October to take part in Celebration, an event where he will meet up with other champions from North American hospitals involved in the Children's Miracle Network.

Mayich will also be the representative at IWK Foundation events this year.

Geoffrey Milder, development officer and Children's Miracle Network program director with the IWK Foundation, said Reid and his family often share their IWK story with donors of the foundation.

The little boy was born with what appeared to be a rash all over his body, but was only five days old when a skin biopsy confirmed he had diffuse cutaneous mastocytosis, a rare condition affecting his immune system and causing his skin to break out in blisters and hives.

"We know how much they value the IWK and we knew Reid would be a great champion," said Milder.

"Reid and his family will proudly represent the IWK in the year ahead while having fun and making lasting memories. Opportunities like this wouldn't be possible if it weren't for our generous donors, like Walmart."

When Mayich isn't experiencing a major breakout, his condition is monitored by the Cape Breton District Healthcare hospitals, in partnership with the IWK care team.

The Children's Miracle Network Canada raises funds for 14 children's hospitals in Canada.

According to a press release from the IWK Health Centre Foundation, the network, established in 1983, raises funds to support critical research, education, purchase life-saving equipment and ensure excellence in care.

Last year, donors contributed more than $10 million to areas of greatest need at the IWK, including neonatal and pediatric intensive care, women's and mental health services.

According to a press release Walmart Canada’s 380 stores raised and donated more than $22.2 million in 2012.

Organizations: Children's Miracle Network, IWK Health Centre Foundation, Walmart IWK Foundation North American Cape Breton District Healthcare

Geographic location: New Waterford, Orlando, Fla., Canada

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