Smile Like Emily

By Leanne Lougheed

Making our Community #CardiacSafe!

My Updates

Update October 2022

I can’t believe it has already been 2 months since our amazing AED fundraiser. It was a beautiful summer night, the weather cooperated and the community rallied just as this community always does. We are happy to announce that we made over $13,000 that evening to go towards our overall goal and purchase 3 save stations. 

We have already well exceeded our initial goal, as we have raised over $30,000 since February! The support from the community has been overwhelming and amazing. The additional funds raised were put  towards a 4th station(site to be determined.)  We were able to purchase this 4th AED station and thought it was best to do so right away, as there are very few in stock.


Last week, we got the most amazing packages in the mail as all the units arrived.  We are just working through some logistics before we can move forward to the installation phase. I would love to see these ready for our community to access before the snow flies.


We are so thankful for everyone that made this fundraiser extremely successful and we could not have done this without you all. I’m proud to be a part of this community and so very humble and grateful for how this community, once again, came together. 


Mike, Leanne, Madison & Keaton

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

$50

Brett & Jolene Ouellette

$825

Shawn Roth

$50

Lisa And Sean Baldwin

$100

Rod & Shirley

$25

Brian And Gail Dunlop

$50

Jen & Mike Creasey

💕💕💕💕

$25

Joan Gammie

What a wonderful idea to remember Emili by!

$100

D & J Howe

$100

Allan & Barb Gano

Smile Like Emily :) What a great legacy.

$50

Kristy

$1,000

Castor Legion

$500

Richard Elhard

$100

Tina Hronek

💜💜💜

$50

Michelle Greer

$100

Auntie Erin

❤️

$50

Amber & Steven Hill

$500

Philip & Shelly

$25

Cala Campbell

$900

Terry & Donna Howe

Wonderful tribute

$100

Ross And Karen Duncan

$50

Guy & Kathy Huberdeau

$50

Marion Grant

$100

James And Marline Howe

$100

Trent & Lisa Roth

$50

Corinne & Rick Lougheed

$100

Teri And Kelly Hildreth

$25

Hilario, April And Family

$25

Janie And Merle Hildreth

$500

Beth Elhard

$6.2k

100 Women Of Paintearth

$50

Curtis & Kayla Jackson

$50

Anonymous

$50

Becky & Cody Oleksiuk

$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 ❤️

$50

Randi And Ian Campbell

$100

Lucas,sharlaine,zander, Zoe &isaac Howe

💜

$100

Anonymous

$50

Manon Lepage

$100

Martina & Craig

$100

Michelle & Rich

$250

Tom And Wendy Coppock

$1,000

Cheryl Rayfield

💜💜💜

$100

Ians & Dana

$50

Keith & Carla Mcpherson

$100

Jenna Wiart

$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

Darcy & Stacey Erion

💕💕

$100

Blair, Amanda & Turner Howe

$50

Kyle & Jen

Great idea Leanne.

$100

Chad, Nikki And Mia Gilchrist

Mia points out her picture everyday ❤️❤️

$50

Patti Lougheed

❤️

$100

Debbie Mario

I hope you are able to reach your goal. Its for a good cause.

$100

Jamie And Andrea Marquart

$250

Stacey And Marcy & Family

❤️❤️

$100

Larry & Sandy Brodersen

$50

Kyle & Celeste + Family

$100

Delrae

Thinking of your family and sending love from the mountains.

$13k

Smile Like Emily Fundraiser Event Aug 2022

$50

Ben And Lisa Christians

$100

Sandy Jackson

$2k

Anonymous

Donated by ATCO Employees from the ATCO Company Hockey Tournament

$50

Kelly, Jason, Sierra & Brynn Freadrich

$100

Jenn And Tyson Tkach

$50

Tanis Smith

$100

Jim, Robin & Jack

$100

Auntie Julie And Uncle Bob

$50

Belinda Dietz

$50

Linda Windross

$250

Craig And Jody Spady

$200

Genelle, Ryleigh, Thayer, Harlyn

$100

Janel Fuller

$25

Mallory, Tristan, Everett, And Silviya

$50

Chelsey And Cody Rowledge

$100

Ellyn & Brent

#SmileLikeEmily

$50

Tanya And Daniel

$50

Ang & Shane