A cy­cle of kind­ness

Summerside boy who spent week at IWK raf­fling off bike to raise funds for hos­pi­tal

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

Ever since Pa­trick Gaudet spent a week at the IWK, he has re­al­ized the im­por­tance of giv­ing back.

Last Septem­ber, Pa­trick was air­lifted to the Hal­i­fax hos­pi­tal af­ter fall­ing off his friend’s trampoline, which caused se­vere in­ter­nal in­juries. Al­most a year later, the nine-year-old is fundrais­ing for the hos­pi­tal by raf­fling off the bike he won at Park­side Ele­men­tary School’s bike rodeo. It was his dad’s idea to raf­fle off the bike, but Pa­trick was all for it from the be­gin­ning.

“I was at the IWK for a week, and I re­ally want them to have more money.”

Pa­trick said he was in a lot of pain from the fall, but en­joyed the trip over to the hos­pi­tal.

“When we were in the air­plane, my mom was there be­cause we could only bring one per­son. We had ear­phones to talk to each other, and that was re­ally cool.”

Even though be­ing on bed rest wasn’t fun, he loved us­ing the lap­top and play­ing the videogames he was pro­vided with. He wants that for ev­ery child at the IWK.

“There are lots of kids there, and they do have equip­ment, but prob­a­bly not ev­ery room has video games.”

Af­ter re­turn­ing

home,

he couldn’t do phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity for six weeks. Luck­ily that ended just in time for hockey sea­son.

Pa­trick is ex­cited for the hos­pi­tal to re­ceive the money, and hopes his fundrais­ing ef­forts will be an in­spi­ra­tion to oth­ers.

“Maybe this will make other peo­ple do it, too.”

His mother, Crys­tal, said since his ac­ci­dent, Pa­trick has be­come aware of stores that take do­na­tions for the IWK.

“When we’re at the gro­cery store, he says, ‘Mom, did you give money?’ He has em­pa­thy.”

Raf­fle tick­ets are $3 or two for $5. They’re avail­able at Stretch Fit­ness or call­ing the Gaudet’s home at 902-888-3365.

The draw for the BMX Su­per­cy­cle Camo bi­cy­cle will be on Fri­day, July 10.

It was the fam­ily’s first ex­pe­ri­ence with the IWK. Crys­tal said this is a great life les­son for Pa­trick.

“Peo­ple say they can’t be­lieve he’s do­ing this at nine-years-old. We’re very proud of him.”

ANCELENE MACKIN­NON/TC MEDIA

Nine-year-old Pa­trick Gaudet spent a week at the IWK last year, and wants to give back by raf­fling off the bike he won. The draw will take place July 10, and all pro­ceeds will go to the hos­pi­tal.

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