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The Backside Issue 10 – Meet Daniel and Jack Brown

 

Meet Daniel & Jack Brown

Daniel Brown and his 5-year old son, Jack.
Warning: All photos in this issue are insanely cute & beautiful.

“The GIFT program is one of a kind.

Since the program’s inception they have reduced the number of intestinal failure related deaths in children from 25% to less than 1%.

I hope that with continued support,
we can get that number down to zero.”
In 2009, Jack was born missing most of his small bowel. He wasn’t supposed to survive.  Fortunately, Sick Kids Hospital had a specialized program for children like Jack with complicated intestinal related issues.  The GIFT team (Group for the Improvement of Intestinal Function and Treatment) helped Jack survive and thrive.
The Family Brown.

DANIEL BROWN

AGE: 37

HOME TOWN: Richmond Hill

PASSION: Definitely not running!

TEAM:  The Jackaroos

Click on any team member’s name to sponsor them and Sick Kids’ GIFT program
BR: Can you tell us about how the Sick Kids GIFT Program – one of our designated charities this year – has affected your life?

DB:  Initially we felt very unlucky. Very few kids each year are born with Jack’s medical condition. However, we soon became very optimistic after meeting with the GIFT team which included doctors, nurses, dieticians and occupational therapists. Jack wouldn’t have survived without the GIFT program.

BR:  What message do you want the world to know about GIFT? 

DB:  The GIFT program is one of a kind. Since the program’s inception they have reduced the number of intestinal failure related deaths in children from 25% to less than 1%. I hope that with continued support, we can get that number down to zero.

BR: Do you have a personal mantra?

DB:  Joan Baez once said, “Action is the antidote to despair.” I am committed to doing what I can to raise awareness and funding for GIFT so that children born with intestinal challenges can get the treatment they need. 

BR:  Have you been part of the Balanse Bum Run before?

DB:  This is our first year doing the Bum Run. We are bringing the entire family out to participate in the run including my wife, parents, siblings and in-laws. We will also have our closest friends running alongside us to help raise awareness for GIFT.  We are aiming to raise at least $10,000.
  
BR:  How would you characterize your running skills on a scale of “Homer Simpson Beginner” to “Tazmanian Devil Speed Demon”?

DB: I’m more like the tortoise than the hare. Slow and steady.

BR: Can you tell us about how Jack is doing today?  

DB:  Jack is doing great. He is a rambunctious five year old who loves to play sports, video games and torture his little sister.  He still sees the GIFT team regularly to monitor his progress and receive dietary advice. Overall he is happy and healthy.

BR:  You are officially a citizen of #BumNation. Is there anything you want to say to prospective Bum Run recruits?

DB:  Almost anyone can run a 5k. The hardest part of the race is committing to participate. 

The Sick Kids GIFT Program is one of four charities that our participants & sponsors can designate to receive their donations.  GIFT is the only formal intestinal rehabilitation program in Canada, and has almost eliminated mortality from intestinal failure associated liver disease since 2007.
The Bum Run Team is so grateful to Daniel & his family for sharing Jack’s story to help raise awareness about the Sick Kids GIFT Program.

 

Click here to see Dr. Ian Bookman and last year’s Ambassador, David Brown, on BT Toronto!

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