We are happy to announce that our latest Helmets for Heroes project, nicknamed The Fire Leaf, is now complete. After 2 months of hard work by artist Kelsey Fraser, and Alberta Children's Hospital patient Joel Jamieson, the helmet is now in Toronto where Monique Sullivan, member of Canada's 2015 Pan-Am team, will wear it while she competes from July 16-19, 2015.
Athlete: Monique Sullivan (twitter: @mmj_sullivan)
Artist: Kelsey Fraser (instagram: @kelsfraser)
Child: Joel Jamieson
We are constantly amazed with the unique artistic talent and ability to inspire that our young heroes provide, and Joel is no exception. Back in December of 2010, Joel's kidney failed, and for the next 3 1/2 years, he was on dialysis while he awaited a transplant. During this time, Joel became a familiar face at the Alberta Children's Hospital. Almost a year ago to the day, Joel got his transplant, and since then, he has been able to live a much more active and normal life. Joel's Helmets for Heroes project acts as a celebration for his one-year anniversary, and ironically enough, biking is one of his favourite activities, so it is only fitting that track cyclist Monique Sullivan will showcase Joel's incredible artistic work at the Pan Am Games in Toronto.
Monique will be wearing her Helmets for Heroes helmet during the Team Sprint, Keirin, and Individual Sprint races from July 16-19, 2015. For a more detailed schedule of when Monique competes, visit the Toronto 2015 Pan Am site here.
The reality is biliary atresia is a rare disease - affecting roughly 1 in every 10,000 to 20,000 infants. It is progressive and chronic. Today it has no cure. In order for us to affect change and support advancements, we need to start a dialogue and pull together as a community to work together to bring this rare disease to the forefront. For Dylan and his family, seeing other children, especially teenagers, thriving has given them hope. They no longer feel alone in this experience and can draw support from others who have gone through the same thing.
Like all of our other projects, we are auctioning off The Fire Leaf helmet, and donating 100% of the auction proceeds to the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Check out the auction page for more information on how to place your bid. Your contribution will help provide other patients like Joel with the care they need.