Here at the Foundation, we meet so many kids and families who have been helped by BC Children’s Hospital—and your generosity. These extraordinary journeys are constant reminders of why our work is so important. Get to know some of our remarkable kids and teens whose lives have been transformed through the support of people like you.
On St. Patrick’s Day in 2007, Tracey and Shaun Carpenter welcomed their second daughter into the world. Everything seemed fine at first—but when Avery was two months old, her symptoms began. She stopped growing and had a hard time nursing. She would scream, sweat profusely, and had all kinds of digestive issues.
The family made several trips to different doctors and a pediatrician. Each time, they were told a dairy allergy was causing Avery’s diagnosis of failure to thrive. They changed her diet—but the symptoms persisted. Tracey said their instincts told them something more was causing their daughter to be so sick—and recalls the day they hit a breaking point in their quest to find out what it was.
Find out what happened next. Read Avery's full story.