Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"Being Elmo" Family Event in Support of #zacksdreamroom March 18th

Did you know Canada.. I'm sure many of you know Heather Hamilton, otherwise known as @tjzmommy. I met Heather at the ShesConnected Conference, but knew her long before that from Twitter.

Heather lost her beautiful son Zack on March 10, 2011. Zack was born in September 2007 with a congenital heart defect known as Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Drainage (TAPVD). At two and a half weeks old, Zack underwent a procedure at Sick Kids to repair his heart. Zack’s survival at that time, was the first of many miracles in his life. Zack also had several other anomalies, including hearing loss, global developmental delay, feeding issues, a G-Tube, seizures, and fluid in the brain. Though he had no official overall diagnosis, the genetics team discovered Zack had a deletion of the 12th chromosome. This deletion is the first recorded case in the world, making Zack a very special and unique little guy.

Through donations to Zack’s Dream Room they were able to create an Elmo Room (Zack's best bud) at York Central Hospital in honour of Zack. They are now working on a second room featuring the favourite animals of Zack's family: elephant, lion, hippo, cheetah and Zack’s favourite, the giraffe. The five animals will represent the Hamilton family and allow them to all be together again on the walls at York Central.

On Sunday, March 18, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM at the Bloor Street Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor St. West) Zack's Dream Room will be Screening of the Award-Winning Documentary "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey" by Constance Marks. $20 Ticket includes; small popcorn and drink, silent auction, kids crafts, face painting, Hasbro Sesame Street Play Area, sponsors swag bag (one per family), and more events for your family!

Tickets will not be sold at the door, head to http://elmo4zack.eventbrite.com/ to buy tickets today and support Zack's Dream Room! (Film starts at 12pm sharp. 80min, PG. Film is appropriate for kids, but activities will be in the foyer for children who don't attend the screening.)


  1. We helped to raise money for the first Elmo room by hosting a lemonade stand and book sale! This event sounds like fun! I hope it has a good turn out!

  2. What a great event in honor of Zack. I wish I lived closer, but I checked out the site and they have an option for those who can't attend, but who would still like to donate, think I'll purchase one of those tickets.

  3. This is fabulous. Big hugs for Heather and her family! We won't be able to attend, as we live 6 hrs away, but I'm going to purchase a ticket to support Heather anyway :)

  4. Sounds like such a fantastic event!!

  5. Great cause! Thanks for posting this one. All kids need to know they are cared about especially when they are sick.

  6. What a fantastic event. If this was local I would so be there.

  7. Little Boo and I are looking forward to attending this event. The cause is so important and Heather and her family are all amazing people.


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