The person who has develop into recognized throughout Alberta’s capital as Edmonton’s “freezing father” completed up his annual fundraiser for the Stollery Youngsters’s Hospital on Friday night time, elevating over $35,000 for the ability by spending per week tenting out within the chilly.

“Individuals are so beneficiant,” Peter Burgess informed International Information from his setup on the Rainbow Valley Campground. “It actually goes to indicate you the way beneficiant persons are in Edmonton and proper throughout Alberta.”

Despite the fact that it’s the third 12 months in a row Burgess has taken on the fundraising endeavour, per week within the chilly nonetheless takes a toll even when he’s finished it earlier than.

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“I’m going to go house, have a bathe and get into mattress,” Burgess stated moments after the fundraiser completed up on Friday night time. “I’m actually trying ahead to it.”

This 12 months, Burgess is hoping the cash he raised will assist Edmonton’s youngsters’s hospital pay for renovations to its pediatric intensive-care unit. It’s a spot he frolicked in throughout his younger daughter’s last hours earlier than her tragic demise.

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“Our Stollery story is somewhat completely different,” Burgess stated. “It’s not a contented ending.”

Over a decade in the past, Burgess’ three-year-old daughter Elan suffered surprising seizures sooner or later and was rushed to the Stollery Youngsters’s Hospital. Whereas her situation improved barely, her coronary heart later stopped beating whereas on the hospital.

Elan was resuscitated by workers on the hospital after which hooked as much as a ventilator however a CT scan later revealed the little woman was mind lifeless. Three days later she was taken off life assist.

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Regardless of the tragic circumstances, Burgess stated hospital workers did their greatest and handled the household with such compassion, one thing for which he’s nonetheless grateful.

“I’ll do something for the Stollery,” Burgess stated when he began this 12 months’s fundraiser final week. “They did a lot for us.”

–With information from International Information’ Margeaux Maron

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