We Fund Care helps reopen family lounge in Grand River Hospital
Thanks to We Fund Care and its generous supporters, renovations to the family lounge in Grand River Hospital’s children’s program are complete and the space is ready for families to use.
The family lounge, located in the inpatient area of the children’s program, underwent renovations to make it more welcoming, warm and comfortable for families with children in hospital. Families will be able to use the room to prepare a meal, read a book, watch TV or sit by the fireplace.
“We’re so grateful for donors like We Fund Care who support the children’s program,” says Patricia Blancher, Director, Children and Childbirth Programs, Grand River Hospital. “Parents and guardians want to be close to their children when they’re in hospital and with this space the family is able to seek the comfort they need without having to leave. It allows them to focus on the care of the child.”
We Fund Care is a local organization that was established in 2016 in memory of Ryan Saturno. Ryan passed away on February 14, 2016 at the age of 26 after a long and difficult battle with a soft tissue sarcoma. We Fund Care was created by Ryan’s family and close friends in an effort to help alleviate the financial burden and emotional strain on families who have children that are struggling with similar cancer-related journeys.
“The reopening of the family lounge is in honour of Ryan, who in spite of battling this horrible disease, never lost his wit, wisdom and love for his family and friends,” says Val Saturno, Ryan’s father and Co-Founder of We Fund Care. “Today we see how our vision of helping families can make an impact.”
Grand River Hospital is the local children’s hospital providing care to thousands of children every year. Children who are admitted to hospital overnight stay in the inpatient area where the room is located. The 12-bed area is supported by 40 staff, 15 pediatricians as well as medical residents.
About We Fund Care
“After Ryan passed away, I knew I wanted to do something to honour his legacy. I know the financial struggles our family went through during Ryan’s six year battle and we were fortunate enough to be able to get through it. Many other families are not so fortunate. That’s where I thought we could help,” says Val Saturno.
We Fund Care was created with the goal to financially assist families with children battling cancer. To date, We Fund Care has assisted over 50 families and that number is continuing to grow at a rapid rate. It is our hope that by creating awareness for We Fund
Care within our community, we will be able to generate additional support for the fund so that we can continue to help families in need.
About Grand River Hospital Foundation
Grand River Hospital Foundation raises funds to help Grand River Hospital provide exceptional health care. With the support from generous donors and loyal community partnerships, Grand River Hospital Foundation is able to grant funds for medical equipment and technology; renovation projects; and local clinical and health research and education. The commitment to health care in our region ensures that the Waterloo Wellington residents will have access to the best health care services close to home.