Colourful superhero IV poles boost spirits

Trillium Health Partners (THP) celebrated a donation of 22 customized, kid-friendly IV poles from the Fight Like Mason Foundation. Referred to as Mason’s Power Poles, the colourful devices were donated to Credit Valley Hospital’s paediatric unit, paediatric oncology clinic and Mississauga Hospital’s paediatric unit. THP is the first hospital to receive the donated customized IV poles in the GTA. 

The Fight Like Mason Foundation was founded by Chantelle Bacon and Iain Macri, parents of Mason, who was diagnosed in 2015 with a rare form of cancer rhabdomyosarcoma, at the age of two. He passed away as a result at the age of four. Mason’s parents carry on his legacy by working with hospitals across the province to help make the hospital environment less intimidating and frightening for young patients by creating hospital equipment that is fun and colourful. 

“We came up with the idea of Mason’s Power Poles to make the health care world a little more child friendly by creating customized IV poles that are colourful and fun,” said Bacon. “We want kids to be proud of their battles, because no one fights harder than a child.”

“When our young patients come into an acute care setting, it can be quite scary and anxiety-provoking for them,” said Kathy Skelly, Trillium Health Partners maternal child patient care manager. “These IV poles create a welcoming environment and are a symbol of the positivity and bravery our patients and their families show every day.”

Visit fightlikemason.org to learn more about the foundation.

Photo, from the left: Alexx Friesen, Trillium Health Partners child life specialist; Amelia Lawless, Credit Valley Hospital POGO Clinic patient; Chantelle Bacon and Iain Macri of Fight Like Mason Foundation.

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