About the Friends of Hailey Foundation
The Friends of Hailey Foundation (FOHF) was created in loving memory of our daughter, Hailey Paterson.
Gifts to this fund will provide support to the parents and children of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children's Hospital in Winnipeg as well as support a scholarship for graduating students at St. Mary's Academy with plans to pursue a career in any medical field.
The FOHF is held (managed) by The Winnipeg Foundation.
Briefly About Hailey
Hailey was welcomed into the world on May 11, 2009. She was born full term (39 weeks) at a svelte 2 lbs., 15 oz. and 13 3/4" long. She was with us for a very short 10 months – all of it in the NICU at Children's Hospital.
We knew before Hailey's birth that she would have to face many obstacles. One of these being a largely unheard of condition called Russell-Silver Syndrome, and unknown until shortly after her birth, she also had primary pulmonary hypertension. This would become her main struggle, leading to Hailey's breathing being supported by a ventilator for most of her life. Even though her prognosis was uncertain, we remained optimistic. However, peacefully in our arms and surrounded by our love, we said good-bye to Hailey on March 23, 2010. Hailey will forever be our hero and our inspiration for how courageously she fought her numerous battles. In spite of these struggles, she would always flash a smile or tell a story with her expressive eyes to us and to those around her.
We often questioned why Hailey was given so many challenges and now we question why she was taken after such a short time. But as we reflect on her legacy, we see that she has touched the hearts of so many people – some of whom have never even met Hailey or even the two of us. We are amazed at how such a tiny person could have such an impact on so many people.
If you would like to read more about Hailey and how she touched our hearts and those around her, visit her page.
Donate to the FOHF
If you would like to make a gift, please visit the Friends of Hailey Foundation page at The Winnipeg Foundation. All gifts are eligible for Canadian tax receipts.
We were very honoured when The Winnipeg Foundation approached us about producing a short video on Hailey and The Friends of Hailey Foundation. It gave us a chance to share Hailey's story with a wider audience. We are very proud to share the finished video with you here.