A Chilliwack baby was chosen as the poster child for a provincewide fundraiser celebrating national pancake day, which takes place today.
In the poster, one-year-old BC Children’s Hospital patient, Sauyer Bell, is seen shaking a rattle with a big smile on his face as his two-year-old brother Graeson looks on in the background.
Sauyer is now 16 months old and the poster of the Chilliwack brothers was used throughout B.C. to promote the annual IHOP fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals across Canada. National Pancake Day at IHOP is Tuesday, Feb. 25 and in B.C., all funds raised will go to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
The image of Sauyer was taken midway through his three-month stay at BC Children’s Hospital during which he underwent 11 surgeries on his stomach and gastrointestinal system to correct a tight pylorus. His condition made it difficult for food to pass from his stomach to his intestine.
At about a month old, he was diagnosed with severe gastroesophageal reflux disease and failure to thrive. He’s had esophageal and stomach ulcers, feeding tubes and respiratory infections.
Now Sauyer is doing great, mom Shae Bell said. “He’s doing really good.”
The photo was taken back in October at the hospital. Staff asked Bell if Sauyer could be photographed for future BC Children’s Hospital promotions. Fast forward a few months, and it was that image that IHOP picked for its B.C.-wide poster.
Bell said she’s had a great experience with BC Children’s Hospital saying that it “primarily focuses on families.” She’s a single mom and said she had a lot of support from the staff, especially during their three-month stay when the young family of three was there.
“They stuck through, even though Sauyer’s a very complex case and I couldn’t be more happy to support them,” Bell said.
Today, the Bell family decided to give back to the hospital that has given them so much by making a donation during IHOP’s National Pancake Day fundraiser in Chilliwack.