PHOTOS: Santa drops by Victoria Gen Hospital to give teddy bears to region’s sickest kids

10-year-old Lily is at Victoria General for treatment of Burkitt’s Leukemia, a rare fast-growing type of leukemia. Now, she’s on the mend and getting blood work done. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)10-year-old Lily is at Victoria General for treatment of Burkitt’s Leukemia, a rare fast-growing type of leukemia. Now, she’s on the mend and getting blood work done. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Santa visited Victoria General Hospital to spread joy and give teddy bears to kids who are being cared for over the holidays. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)Santa visited Victoria General Hospital to spread joy and give teddy bears to kids who are being cared for over the holidays. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Santa visited Victoria General Hospital to spread joy and give teddy bears to kids who are being cared for over the holidays. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)Santa visited Victoria General Hospital to spread joy and give teddy bears to kids who are being cared for over the holidays. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Santa visited Victoria General Hospital to spread joy and give teddy bears to kids who are being cared for over the holidays. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)Santa visited Victoria General Hospital to spread joy and give teddy bears to kids who are being cared for over the holidays. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Santa visited Victoria General Hospital to spread joy and give teddy bears to kids who are being cared for over the holidays. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)Santa visited Victoria General Hospital to spread joy and give teddy bears to kids who are being cared for over the holidays. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Santa and his elves wave goodbye to Victoria General Hospital as they head to Nanaimo, Vancouver, New Westminster, and Surrey. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)Santa and his elves wave goodbye to Victoria General Hospital as they head to Nanaimo, Vancouver, New Westminster, and Surrey. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Santa Claus was the highlight of the day for many kids at Victoria General Hospital, as the big ‘man in red’ handed out stuffed animals at several BC hospitals Tuesday morning.

He arrived via HeliJet with an elf and large bag of stuffed animals in tow.

“I can’t cure them, but I can certainly bring a little happiness and a little teddy bear would be nice too,” said Santa.

Lily Lecinana, 10, has been back and forth between Vancouver and Victoria since April, fighting stage-four Burkitt lymphoma, a rare fast-growing type of leukemia. The Sooke girl noted that she’s had to deal with tumours in her stomach.

READ MORE: VIDEO: Over 2,000 pounds of food collected for annual View Royal Santa Run

She was ecstatic to receive a teddy bear but noted that she has her eyes on a Nintendo Switch for Christmas.

Now, she’s on the mend and was at the hospital getting blood work done, waiting for her white blood cell count to increase. The higher the number is, the lower the risk of infection.

Lily has a GoFundMe page at ca.gofundme.com/f/help-lily-so-silly

ALSO READ: PHOTOS: Hundreds show their holiday spirit at Santa breakfast in Metchosin

“It’s incredibly rewarding to see all of these young patients as their faces light up and they visit with Santa,” said Ray Sims, a BC Ambulance Service paramedic. He’s been transporting young children to and from BC Children’s Hospital for 43 years.

“When these children are sick and at their most vulnerable periods, we fly them where they need to be to take care of them. To see them today is just awesome.”

Santa continued to drop by Nanaimo Regional Hospital, BC Children’s Surrey Memorial, and Royal Columbian for the rest of Tuesday.

aaron.guillen@goldstreamgazette.com


@iaaronguillen
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Greater Victoria School District and two retired teachers are named as defendants in a lawsuit alleging that a student was sexually abused in the early 2000s. (Pixabay photo)
Former Saanich student files sexual abuse lawsuit against school district, retired teachers

Lawsuit claims student was groomed, abused by retired teacher

BC Coroners Service is currently investigating a death at Canoe Cove Marina and Boatyard in North Saanich. (Black Press Media File)
Drowning death in North Saanich likely first in B.C. for 2021

Investigation into suspected drowning Monday night continues

(Black Press Media file photo)
Mechanical issues blamed for Saanich car fire

‘Nothing untoward’ suspected, no injuries reported, firefighter says

Jimmy Fallon joked that a woman’s 4.5-star review of a Langford jail is “the most Canadian thing you could do” in The Tonight Show Jan. 21. (Screenshot/YouTube)
VIDEO: Jimmy Fallon jokes Canadian jails are basically hotels following woman’s 4.5-star review

Woman gave handwritten card to police following stay in Langford cells

Located at 9750 West Saanich Rd., this North Saanich mansion is on the market for $10.25 million. (Realtor.ca photo)
Located at 9750 West Saanich Rd., this North Saanich mansion is on the market for $8.65 million. (Realtor.ca photo)
The five most expensive homes for sale in Greater Victoria

A roundup of luxury estates currently on the market

Toronto Public Health nurse Lalaine Agarin sets up for mass vaccination clinic in Toronto, Jan. 17, 2021. B.C. is set to to begin its large-scale immunization program for the general public starting in April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
B.C.’s COVID-19 mass vaccinations expected to start in April

Clinics to immunize four million people by September

Terry Keogh, an RDN Transit driver, used his paramedic skills the morning of Jan. 22 after coming across an unconscious woman along his route in downtown Nanaimo. (RDN Transit photo)
Nanaimo transit driver stops his bus and helps get overdosing woman breathing again

Former EMT from Ireland performed CPR on a woman in downtown Nanaimo on Friday

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speaks during a daily briefing in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
31 cases of COVID-19 variants detected in Canada: Health officials

Dr. Theresa Tam made announces 13 more variant COVID-19 cases in Canada

An Atlantic salmon is seen during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C. in 2018. The First Nations Leadership Council says an attempt by industry to overturn the phasing out of salmon farms in the Discovery Islands in contrary to their inherent Title and Rights. (THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward photo)
First Nations Leadership Council denounces attempt to overturn salmon farm ban

B.C.’s producers filed for a judicial review of the Discovery Islands decision Jan. 18

Daily COVID-19 cases reported to each B.C. health region, to Jan. 20, 2021. Island Health in blue, Northern Health green, Interior Health orange, Vancouver Coastal in red and Fraser Health in purple. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate stays stable with 508 cases Friday

Vaccine delivered to more than 110,000 high-risk people

More than 100 B.C. fishermen, fleet leaders, First Nations leaders and other salmon stakeholders are holding a virtual conference Jan. 21-22 to discuss a broad-range of issues threatening the commercial salmon fishery. (Black Press file photo)
B.C. commercial salmon fishermen discuss cures for an industry on the brink

Two-day virtual conference will produce key reccomendations for DFO

Black Press file photo
Investigation at remote burned-out Vancouver Island cabin reveals human remains

Identity of victim not released, believed to be the owner of an SUV vehicle found parked nearby

Angela Waldick is the new team photographer for the Nanaimo NightOwls. (Nanaimo NightOwls photo)
Half-blind photographer will help new Island baseball team look picture-perfect

Nanaimo NightOwls say legally blind team photographer is making history

School District 57 headquarters in Prince George. (Mark Nielsen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)
Prince George school district settles with sexual abuse victim

Terms were part of an out-of-court settlement reached with Michael Bruneau, nearly four years after he filed a lawsuit

Most Read