Smile Like Emily

By Leanne Lougheed

Making our Community #CardiacSafe!

My Updates

Fundraising Update!

I’m speechless! The “100 women of Paintearth” picked our Smile Like Emily fundraiser to give their first donation to.
From the bottom of our hearts Thank you all.

HELP MAKE OUR COMMUNITY #CARDIACSAFE!


It can happen anywhere, and to anyone. That was the heartbreaking lesson Mike and I (Leanne), and our family, learned on a beach in rural Manitoba nearly two years ago. One moment our fun-loving, carefree and happy seven year old, Emily, was swimming and playing in the sand with her cousins and siblings, and the next, we were holding her, scrambling for supplies, questioning, grieving, searching for an explanation – or at least, a sign that this tragedy could have somehow been prevented. 


There was no explanation, and there were no signs. 


Emily’s condition was rare. Her heart was just built… differently. We tried using a defibrillator, but because there was no pulse to reignite, it would never have worked. But we find some solace, however small, in the fact we did everything we could to save her life. 


We’ve spearheaded this fundraiser to install easily accessible AEDs in three different areas of our community: the Elks building on the Castor Golf Course, the Castor Town Office, and a free-standing unit near the soccer field at Gus Wetter School. If we can help prevent even one family from going through the pain we have, and always will, go through, then it’s worth it. 


Every year in Canada, 35,000 cardiac arrests occur – most happen outside of a hospital, and less than 10% survive. It can happen to anyone, of any age, of any fitness ability, at any time. Living in a rural area, we’re confronted with longer wait times for emergency services and fewer doctors. We have an active population of golfers, ball players, youth in sports, swimmers – and it is sometimes impossible to know if a pre-existing heart condition exists. 


We hope our story, and our efforts to ensure it’s not the story of others, resonates with you. Thank you for helping make our community, and hopefully others, cardiac safe. 


Smile like Emily!


Leanne, Mike, Madison, Keaton & Trigger



*Please note: This is not a charity, so we are unable to provide you with donation receipts.


Thank you to my Sponsors

$1,000

Cheryl Rayfield

💜💜💜

$50

Randi And Ian Campbell

$900

Terry & Donna Howe

Wonderful tribute

$100

Tina Hronek

💜💜💜

$50

Belinda Dietz

$100

Allan & Barb Gano

Smile Like Emily :) What a great legacy.

$50

Linda Windross

$100

Jenna Wiart

$250

Tom And Wendy Coppock

$50

Kristy

$50

Lisa And Sean Baldwin

$100

Ellyn & Brent

#SmileLikeEmily

$500

Philip & Shelly

$25

Janie And Merle Hildreth

$100

Darcy & Stacey Erion

💕💕

$50

Michelle Greer

$500

Beth Elhard

$50

Marie Armstrong

I look at Emily's rock everytime I'm in my salon and I think of you all often. This will be an amazing thing for your community ❤️

$100

Jamie And Andrea Marquart

$250

Stacey And Marcy & Family

❤️❤️

$50

Marion Grant

$100

Chad, Nikki And Mia Gilchrist

Mia points out her picture everyday ❤️❤️

$50

Guy & Kathy Huberdeau

$50

Kyle & Celeste + Family

$100

Martina & Craig

$100

Jenn And Tyson Tkach

$100

Sandy Jackson

$25

Cala Campbell

$100

Trent & Lisa Roth

$100

James And Marline Howe

$500

Richard Elhard

$100

Ians & Dana

$50

Becky & Cody Oleksiuk

$6.2k

100 Women Of Paintearth

$25

Hilario, April And Family

$100

Michelle & Rich

$50

Kelly, Jason, Sierra & Brynn Freadrich

$2k

Anonymous

Donated by ATCO Employees from the ATCO Company Hockey Tournament

$100

Krystal

In honour of sweet Emily, may her spirit live on in the lives she as able to save. Sending love to you my beautiful friend. 💜

$100

Lucas,sharlaine,zander, Zoe &isaac Howe

💜

$100

Blair, Amanda & Turner Howe

$100

Auntie Julie And Uncle Bob

$100

D & J Howe

$50

Tanya And Daniel

$50

Curtis & Kayla Jackson

$50

Keith & Carla Mcpherson

$25

Brian And Gail Dunlop

$50

Patti Lougheed

❤️

$100

Ross And Karen Duncan

$1,000

Castor Legion

$50

Corinne & Rick Lougheed

$50

Ben And Lisa Christians

$100

Teri And Kelly Hildreth

$50

Chelsey And Cody Rowledge

$100

Auntie Erin

❤️

$100

Rod & Shirley

$100

Larry & Sandy Brodersen

$50

Kyle & Jen

Great idea Leanne.