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Help for 3 year old Jules Walker Renney

$91,299 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 560 people in 5 months
Created March 22, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Kate Walker
On March 19, 2019, a parent's worst nightmare occurred to our good friends Kate Walker and Trevor Renney. Their 3 year old son Jules was helping his mom make dinner when his chair slipped and an entire pot of hot soup was accidentally pulled off the stove, onto his little body.  Jules suffered burns to his face, neck, torso and his arms.  He was immediately rushed to BC Children’s Hospital where he continues to grapple with his devastating injuries. We recently learned that 21% of his tiny body has been affected with mostly 3rd degree burns. We are at the beginning of a difficult journey.  He will require numerous skin grafts, a painful surgical procedure for anyone to bear, let alone a 3 year old boy.  The recovery process will be measured in years, rather than months.

 We all know and love Jules’ parents, Kate Walker and Trevor Renney. We know them for their generosity of spirit and the love they give to everyone around them. We know them for what amazing, loving, nurturing, and fun parents they are. This makes watching them endure the pain of this event all the more difficult.

Both Kate and Trevor are contract reality TV writers. It is likely that one or both of them will need to take a lot of time off to care for Jules as he goes through the process of healing. We don’t yet fully know what this will involve, but at the very least it will be months of one-on-one care and rehabilitation. Unfortunately, the TV business does not provide benefits or sick pay. The last thing any of us want is for Kate and Trevor to have financial stress in addition to all they are going through. We also know that everyone in the community wants to do something, wants to help in some way, so we are setting up this GoFundMe page.

Jules is a sweet spirited, funny, ferocious, determined and strong little boy. He is being so brave in the face of this excruciating pain and adversity. So are his parents and we want to ensure they don't have to stress or worry about anything financial over the next many months.  

 Kate shared part of their day on Instagram. "So, the news this morning wasn’t what we hoped for. Most of the burns are 3rd degree, he will need surgery and grafts on his chest, arms, and possibly some other locations. The plastic surgeons will take healthy skin from his thighs for the grafts. For now, they’re giving him 2 weeks to heal as much as possible, with burn baths and redressing twice a week. This is the beginning of a long healing journey, possibly an ongoing thing we’ll have to manage as he grows. The grief and sadness that welled up when I heard this news today was the biggest I have ever felt. It knocked the wind out of me. I couldn’t stand. The nightmarish moment replayed in my mind, my body ached to turn back time. Trev and I cried all our tears out. And then, when our little warrior prince was wheeled back from his procedure, he looked at us with tears in his eyes and we needed to be positive, strong, encouraging and loving as possible, because that’s what he needs from us, and it’s practically the only thing we can do for him. Just love him so hard, tell him how amazing he is, and never leave his bedside chair empty. I think that’s one thing that’s so intense about this experience, to dig deep to be a pilar of love and strength and hope, but the pain still wells up, so when I have a moment, I cry. I beg for mercy. I don’t feel strong enough for this, but I see Jules and what he’s going through, I see him fighting to live, accepting what he has to do, and just being soooo so so brave. And I have to do the same. Still praying for as much healing as possible over these two weeks, will keep you all posted. Thank you again for your support. "

Your contribution helps support Kate and Trevor as they stay as positive, strong, encouraging and loving as possible. A very challenging journey lies ahead and we know they'll be able to do it with the strength and support of everyone who knows and loves Jules, Kate, Trevor and Marlow. 

Your support means everything.
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Hello All! After six weeks in the hospital, Kate, Trevor, Jules and Marlow are HOME! There is still a long journey ahead, but for now they are so happy to be discharged and back in their own place.

They would like to reach out and personally thank all those that donated to the campaign, so PLEASE fill out the attached link with your name and address!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5K5JSMC

Thanks again
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The days are full of new highs and lows, we just have to keep riding them out. It’s a marathon. We’re not sleeping much. We’re exhausted. Every night Jules is tormented by either pain, itchiness (healing burns are very itchy) or inescapable nightmares where he’s talking in his sleep, reliving scary procedures. Today, Jules went down to the OR instead of the burn bath for debridement of the infected areas on his thigh and elsewhere where the grafts aren’t healing well. We hope that the removal of the top layer of skin was enough to get rid of infection so the Biobrain (synthetic skin) will successfully attach. We will find out on Monday. Every week, from burn bath to burn bath, there’s a new high stakes ‘wait and see’. We hope that the two new antibiotics he’s on will kill the bacteria growth. Not sure what the latest wound culture identified exactly, I just know that it’s multi drug resistant bug and we’re back on contact restrictions. Gowns and masks for any medical peeps who enter our room so they don’t spread it to other patients. Aside from all that, Jules is in good spirits and heath, and is cute as a button. He loves many of the nurses and therapists, he’s doing physio, starting to walk again with help, is proud of his big muscles, is being so courageous about taking a mountain of medications throughout the day and night, and is very focused on eating healthy food to get better. He is showing what he’s made of. Grit, determination, intelligence, courage, humour...and vulnerability too. He feels a lot of big feelings, the whole spectrum from new highs, to new lows, but he’s FEELING it all. he’s got vim, and has surprisingly rational objectivity when he gets past his emotions, figuring it out day by day, talking it out , and I’m just really proud of him. The road out of hell is certainly not paved, or straight...apparently it’s pretty damn hilly...but we’re fuelled with love and we’re getting there...one sleepwalking step at a time . Xoxo
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Hi friends & loved ones. It’s week 5 and to be real, we’re feeling a bit crestfallen. If you see a bacteria out on the streets by the name of stenotrophomonas or his sidekick acetobacter...or any of their other shady, swamp dwelling, opportunistic, antibiotic resistant lowlifes, tell em there’s a pair of pissed off parents looking for a fight. Jules is doing great in so many ways..grateful for his progress, but with steps forward come steps backward. Infection in his thigh donor site is worsening, about 5 graft areas are not taking well, and left forehead is not healing well....could it be the bacteria? Cultures point to yes. Infectious disease specialists are back on our case, and will be starting a couple of new antibiotics. They have to be strategic and outsmart the bugs. Jules’ inner ear is oozing thick yellow liquid so now he’s on an antibiotic ear drop too, poor little guy. The pics you see here are from the burn bath room @curiousinwonderland you asked me what a burn bath is. This is where Jules gets wheeled into the room in his bed, with an entourage of musicians, magicians, parents, nurses in tow. During the big distraction the anesthesiologist slips him some of the sleepy milk through his PICC line, Jules dozes off and we leave him there to get his burns and grafts cleaned up and his dressings changed. They’re getting less intense lately now that he’s grafted. Before, when his burned flesh was inflamed and raw, you can imagine how painful having them cleaned used to be. Due to the infections and troublesome grafts, this coming Thursday Plastics will take a different approach. Jules will be going down to the OR, they’ll scrape his skin down with some high powered water jet thing that will blast away all surface bacteria and they’ll use some biobrain, it’s a mesh of collagen laid over the wounds, it deposits collagen to help new skin form. But, if there’s infection in the area, it won’t work. So we don’t know what the result will be. We just have to keep trying things. It’s like we’re in a chess match with the bacteria, move for move. Really praying to check mate these droogs asap!!!!
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This morning. Never mind that I look exhausted and am ugly crying in this picture. This was the first time I’ve been able to hug my baby Jules since his accident. This hug broke the dam on a reservoir of emotions I’ve had to hold inside all this time. We held on to each other tighter and tighter and I didn’t want to let go. Not being able to have much physical contact with Jules during the past month as he was immobile and so bandaged up has been so damn hard, but finally he can move his arms and get out of bed, so I reserve the right to be a glutton for hugs and kisses from now until forever.
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Raised by 560 people in 5 months
Created March 22, 2019
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