A local farmer has offered monumental support to the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital (JPCH) Foundation in hopes that other Saskatchewan agricultural producers will follow his example.
Thursday morning, Gene Pidwerbesky joined the JPCH Foundation family with a $1,980,000 contribution, in cooperation with the Saskatoon Community Foundation, in support of an urgent new program inspired by Pidwerbesky and his family, “Harvest for Kids’ Health”.
“This significant donation will greatly assist medical teams and provide the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment required for specialized healthcare at Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatchewan,” read a press release from the Society. JPCH Foundation.
A multi-generational farmer who lives near Borden, Saskatchewan, Pidwerbesky simply wanted to help Saskatchewan children. He hopes his donation will inspire other agricultural producers, individuals and businesses, to donate to this important program.
“Children need more than ever to live the full life they deserve, and that’s what this is all about,” Pidwerbesky said. “Children don’t know what is happening to them or why. Being in the hospital is hard enough for an adult, but these children are hurting and need the best options available.
When urgently needed equipment is purchased, medical professionals can better treat and care for Saskatchewan children and their families. His donation will help medical teams and provide the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment needed for specialized healthcare at JPCH.
“These funds can go to various places, but these children deserve it the most,” Pidwerbesky said.
The Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital serves patients from all corners of the province, which equates to nearly 500 communities in Saskatchewan.
“The growing need for maternal and pediatric medical advancements will never stop, and thanks to the life-changing contribution of Gene Pidwerbesky and his family, in conjunction with the Saskatoon Community Foundation, this tremendous gift will help provide access to the specialized equipment urgently needed. at the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan,” said Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation.
“A heartfelt ‘harvest’ thank you to Gene and his family for this generous commitment to mothers who will give new lives and children who deserve to live their best lives,” Boback-Lane said. “In true Saskatchewan spirit, this donation is a testament to how you can help your neighbours, friends and family. The “Harvest For Kids’ Health” program will greatly advance care at our provincial children’s hospital.