ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development

ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development

September 11, 2008 09:00 ET

ErinoakKids: The Walk That Almost Wasn't

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2008) - This is a time of year for walkathons, but the one to take place in Mississauga September 20 is led by a young woman who would never have walked at all without long and painstaking treatment after suffering a stroke at age nine. Her story is one of perseverance, determination - and a lot of help from her friends.

When Lauren Boyce leads her Stroke of Power 'Care-a-Thon' out of Halton Hills, some will be walking and some may be rolling in wheelchairs. All will follow Lauren in her quest to raise money for ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development. "Contrary to what most people think, children do suffer strokes, some so young they are still in the womb," said ErinoakKids President and CEO Bridget Fewtrell. "Lauren is an example of how we can help kids recover. Her determination to help the organization that helped her is as amazing as her recovery from a stroke."

Lauren's childhood stroke had left her partially paralyzed when she arrived at the Mississauga-based Children's Treatment Centre (CTC). Today she's a capable woman in her 20s, determined to give something back to ErinoakKids by raising both money and awareness of the organization's cause. "ErinoakKids helps kids with all kinds of disabilities. Some are very severe, as mine was. But we can make great strides with the proper care. We should match that with a determination to succeed," Lauren says.

ErinoakKids is one of 20 accredited CTCs in Ontario. The non-profit organization annually cares for more than 9,000 children and helps their families as they cope with challenges such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, traumatic injury and strokes.

Lauren's walk is still young - only in its third year. She launched the idea on her own initiative, first to prove that she had banished the limitations of her stroke, then to prove she could inspire people to help the cause of children's health care for kids with disabilities. "Challenges are there to be overcome," says Lauren.

Her Care-a-Thon gets underway September 20 at the Halton Hills Civic Centre, 1 Halton Hills Drive at 9:00. a.m. She'll lead her walkers and rollers along Guelph St. and Highway 7, down Winston Churchill Blvd., then across The Collegeway to the ErinoakKids site at 2277 South Millway, where good times and food await the group. "It's only 28 kilometers," Boyce says. "I can do that and so can anyone who sets their mind to it." Walkers who don't feel they can do 28 kilometers will be welcome to join the walk at the 'Chicken Shop' at 8175 Winston Churchill Blvd. near Steeles Ave., which is the halfway point.

"It's a fun way to spend a summer day, and gather donations for ErinoakKids, which helps a lot of kids to overcome challenges," said Boyce. "They taught me that just about anything is possible, and now I want others to learn that too."

Contact Information

  • ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
    Mary Johnston
    Director, Community Relations
    (905) 491-4442
    Email: mjohnston@erinoakkids.ca