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Red Deer Mother back from the brink of death thanks to Red Deer Regional Hospital, shares her story.


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This story shared by a Red Deer Mom whose daughter sent a note to the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation saying ‘thank you’ because the doctors & nurses at our hospital saved her Mom’s life.   The McKinley family knows that the Foundation played a role in her recovery because of the support they provide to the hospital through the purchase of new equipment.


If you have an opportunity to share the video we would really appreciate it.  Below are quotes from Sabrina McKinley about her ordeal.

It was the day of my little girl’s baptism and my heart ached to be at the church with her.  Instead, I was in the Emergency Department at the Red Deer Regional Hospital with severe fatigue and a fever. An infection was raging in my body and I had no antibodies to fight it.

My name is Sabrina McKinley and this wasn’t my first visit to the hospital.  I became a patient here when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014.  A few days before Erikka’s baptism, I received chemotherapy which compromised my immune system. If not for the quick action of my healthcare team in the Emergency Dept, I don’t think I’d be here today.  My situation was so serious I was transferred to the Palliative Care Unit. It was terrifying to hear that I might not make it. My family had to start preparing for the worst.

But I was determined to pull through. Erikka, was only seven years old and she needed me.  I’ll never forget her words to me. “You have to come home, mommy. This isn’t the end,” she said.  Thanks to the lifesaving treatment I received at the Red Deer Regional Hospital, Erikka was right. It wasn’t the end. My incredible doctors and nurses saved my life. I desperately needed comfort and reassurance and I found both at the Red Deer Regional Hospital. My amazing care team assured me I wasn’t in this fight alone. They were there by my side every step of the way.

I am so grateful I could get all the care I needed in my community. It meant I could be home every day for my daughter and nothing was more important to me.

My family and I have so many reasons to be grateful today. Thanks to the generosity of the hospital’s amazing supporters, I’m here to watch my daughter grow up. I wake up each morning ready to enjoy every single moment of my life.

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The Grand Opening is TODAY!

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A Day Filled With Hope – Years in the Making!
For years the CACAC has been walking hand-in-hand with many different partners, community members, donors, policy makers, and leaders in research and advocacy towards this moment.The Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence now stands in the heart of Central Alberta, the first Centre of its kind in North America, creating space for different strategic partners to operate alongside one another in the best interest of children, youths, and families who have experienced any form of abuse.

Now, during this momentous chapter in our history, we invite you to join us for the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence. 

We’re excited to welcome you and your family to the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence today!

Today’s events are family friendly, and there’s something for everyone!

From Noon to 5:00PM the public is welcome to come and see everything the building has to offer at the SKCOE Open House! Staff from every organization from within the SKCOE will be there to answer questions. This is a great opportunity to learn about why this Centre is so important for Central Alberta.

Beginning at 7:00PM, the public is also invited to the formal program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, which is the building immediately North West of us across the parking lot. The formal program will have many messages and presentations from dignitaries, and you can pick up our Champions of Courage pin, which was minted for the Grand Opening only! Following the program there is a ribbon cutting ceremony.

There is a lot to celebrate, so come out and say hi!

When: Thursday, May 16

Where: Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence, and Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, Main Campus of Red Deer Polytechnic, Red Deer, AB.

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Open House

7:00 PM – Formal Program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to follow.

How to get to the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence

Please note that there will also be parking available at the lot directly North of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Detailed RDP Parking Map

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