On Easter Sunday, the Jameson family celebrated what would have been the first birthday of their son, Lochlan, at Canuck Place.
Lochlan was born with an incredibly rare, and untreatable genetic malformation of his cellular makeup. After living the entirety of his short life in the NICU at BC Women’s Hospital, Lochlan was moved to Canuck Place.
“The chance to see our son in a bright sun-filled room with space for all our family to say goodbye was overwhelming. We were given food, a shower and a gentle, peaceful way to love our little man in his last breaths. For seven wonderful hours Lochlan saw the sun, heard his parents laugh and sing without hospital machines beeping, and slept soundly in his mom and dad’s arms”
In the Canuck Place garden, friends and family came together to read letters to Lochlan, and release white balloon with a simple message, “You are loved. You are remembered. You are missed.”
The family also brought gold “22” balloons to represent the 22 days that Lochlan lived.
In his letter to his son, Andrew wrote, “we wanted to make a donation to the two places you called home in your short life, we hope you like your birthday gift.”
The Jameson family fundraised throughout the last year for both Canuck Place and BC Women’s Hospital. As a part of their celebration of Lochlan’s life, they presented Canuck Place with a generous donation of $10,000.
An additional matching gift was quietly matched by a friend’s family foundation, resulting in a $20,000 gift to honour Lochlan. The Jameson family plans to continue their fundraising efforts throughout 2015.
To learn more about the Lochlan Jameson Fund.