The Alberta’s Children’s Hospital received a boost yesterday as more than 400 Calgarians set out to help.
The Calgary Walk for Miracles took place at Pumphouse Park to help raise money for the Children’s Hospital.
“(The Children’s Hospital) has been a godsend for us, that hospital saved our daughter’s life,” said Katie Marshall, whose daughter Willa suffered from a rare form of anemia.
Marshall, along with Willa, chose to take part in the one-kilometre portion of the walk. Participants could also take part in a five-kilometre walk.
This is the sixth year the Walk for Miracles has taken place, and this year’s walk has seen a large increase in participants, according to event organizers.
“I think this year, because we have increased support, we hope to have raised $100,000,” said Liz Ballendine, the manager of community initiatives for the Children’s Hospital.
Many of the people participating in the walk are those who had been helped by the hospital, said Ballendine.
“It’s so nice to see the children get better and then to see them and their families out supporting (the hospital) like this,” said Ballendine.
That’s exactly the case for Katie Marshall’s family.
“We’ve had to use the hospital for the entire life of our daughter, so it’s a nice progression because now after using it so much we’re able to give back,” said Marshall.