We’re doing something a bit different for Rumble and quite personal. Half of all box office proceeds for Indian Arm the evening of April 11th will be donated to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
When I was first hired by Rumble two years ago, our Communications Manager Kellee was on maternity leave with her gorgeous daughter Bea, Artistic Director Stephen was waiting on the birth of his son, and I was three months pregnant. (I spent much of my job interview thinking about the half a muffin in my purse and how soon I could eat it, while Stephen had his cell phone on the table just in case his wife went into labour during the interview.)
Jack in snowman jammies
Stephen and his wife Sasa welcomed their beautiful son Jack in February of 2013. As they were packing up to take Jack home from the hospital, their midwife flagged that Jack had not yet had a dirty diaper. Very quickly Jack was diagnosed with an imperforate anus, and was immediately rushed for emergency surgery. Jack has since been diagnosed with VACTERL, an association of congenital anomalies including a cleft palate, a horseshoe shaped kidney, and a number of spinal abnormalities. Due to some of Jack’s organs being malformed at birth, a team of specialists at BC Children’s Hospital is monitoring him. He visits the hospital typically once a week and sometimes has to make a visit to the emergency room. Jack has now had a number of surgeries and receives ongoing monitoring, treatment, and care from nine departments at BC Children’s Hospital.
Brand new Chaya.
In August of 2013, my daughter Chaya was born. She was so chubby and robust that the nurses giggled at her well-visit weigh-ins. At about six months, I noticed that her head looked a bit big, but our doctor said it was nothing to worry about, she was just a big baby. When she was nine months old, I ended my maternity leave and came back to the office. The Friday after I returned to work, we took Chaya to BC Children’s for a head ultrasound, as our doctor just wanted to make sure everything was okay. That day she was diagnosed with severe hydrocephalus, an excess of fluid in her brain. We were taken from ultrasound immediately to the emergency room for a consultation with a neurosurgeon. The following Wednesday, she had her first brain surgery (she’s since had two more). As there is no cure for hydrocephalus, she will continue to be monitored by the team at BC Children’s Hospital for the rest of her childhood.
It’s rare enough in theatre to have a company with so many children, let alone a company where two of the children have the health challenges Chaya and Jack face. To top it off, they share a neurosurgeon, the absolutely amazing Paul Steinbok. He’s now done two of Chaya’s surgeries and one of Jack’s.
Me and my girl at one year
Looking at these bright, hilarious, thriving toddlers we are beyond grateful to the people at BC Children’s Hospital for everything they’ve done. Without hyperbole, they have saved Chaya’s life and Jack’s life along with countless other children every day. To both show our gratitude and to help ensure that other children can access the same level of care, we will share the Indian Arm box office proceeds for the evening of April 11th with the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. You can ensure you have a seat for this very special performance by booking in advance here or you can purchase a ticket by donation at the door.
We very much hope to see you there.
(And don’t worry, we’ll stop being so serious and go back to blogging embarrassing photos of Drover.)
Jack embraces the goats at Maple Hill Farms.