“It’s broadened our family, if you will. When we go there, it’s like going home. It’s kind of like a second home.”
14-year-old Chase Baker has a genetic condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 2, which affects the nerves controlling his muscles. Canuck Place cares for children with a variety of diagnoses, and 19% of the children on program have neuromuscular conditions not unlike Chase’s.
When Chase and his mom Tracey Chapple, and Dad, Geoff Baker come to Canuck Place, their family receives help in caring for Chase’s health and allows them to focus on being a family. “It’s given an extension of freedom and support for us,” said Tracey.
Through Canuck Place, Chase has also had exciting experiences like decorating cookies with George Stroumboulopoulos, icing gingerbread with Alex Burrows, and meeting comic book heroes like Spider-Man and Captain America.
But simple experiences can be just as freeing for Chase.
Now, when Chase comes to Canuck Place for medical respite, he can stay on his own without mom and dad. Whether it’s watching the scheming-villain Gru from Despicable Me, seeing new movies at the cinemas, or staying in and winning at board games against volunteers, Chase can spend his stay at Canuck Place doing any of his favourite activities.
“I think having that freedom and independence has been a huge benefit for Chase,” said his mom while Chase laughed in agreement.
With the care from Canuck Place, kids can focus on being kids, while families can trust that their children are safe and happy.
Chase Baker and his family are featured in the Let Your Light Shine Project.