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Herbie Fund 2018: Making a world of difference in the lives of children

Last Updated Dec 28, 2018 at 8:00 pm EDT

The Herbie Fund is a not-for-profit volunteer-based group that has been fundraising for more than 30 years at The Hospital for Sick Children.

The Herbie Fund is a not-for-profit volunteer-based group that has been fundraising for more than 30 years at The Hospital for Sick Children. The fund provides financial support to children who require surgical treatment. To date, over 600 children from 88 countries have received medical assistance through the Herbie Fund.

Here are several stories of how the fund has made a world of difference in the lives of children.

 

Watch below to see how Herbie Quinones, a dying boy from Brooklyn, New York, went on to save the lives of hundreds of desperately ill children from around the world.

 

Shemar Heslop was diagnosed with bleeding in his brain and told he needed immediate surgical intervention. A frantic search for answers led his family to the Herbie Fund. Watch below.

 

Four years ago, twin boys from the Philippines got a new lease on life after doctors were able to correct a rare medical condition that had them struggling just to breathe. Watch below.

 

Five years ago, ‘King’ Richard Galac had a hole in his heart and without surgery he was certain to die. Watch below.

 

In this installment of the Herbie Fund series, we see the life-changing effects the fund has had for two young boys – one who suffered daily seizures, and one recovering from a devastating car accident. Both received medical care at SickKids Hospital through the fund. Watch below.

 

In this installment of the Herbie Fund series, we meet two young people, one from Jamaica and one from Guyana, with the same life-threatening medical condition. Through the Herbie Fund, they both underwent life-saving brain surgery at SickKids Hospital. Watch below.

 

Mary Ann Banglos received major heart surgery through the Herbie Fund back in 2007. In this installment, we catch up with her in the Philippines and hear the message she has for Herbie Fund donors. Watch below.

 

Guyanese teen Rashauna Datsun enjoyed dancing until a diagnosis of scoliosis, a radical curvature of the spine, put that activity in jeopardy. Watch below.

 

Nazar, a young boy from the Ukraine, had been ostracized because of a facial deformity. But through the Herbie Fund, surgeons here in Toronto were able to carry out a cranial facial surgery – and changed his life in the process. Watch below.

 

A look at the host families who open their doors to Herbie Fund children as well as catching up with three patients at the Lviv City Children’s Clinical hospital in Ukraine. Watch below.