Date: Friday, January 31, 2020
Home: Red Deer Rebels Away: Winnipeg Ice
4847 A 19 Street
Red Deer, Alberta T2R 2N7
Hockey Night in Canada has represented a Saturday institution in Canadian households. The third season of the WHL Suits Up To Promote Organ Donation Presented by RE/MAX will celebrate the longstanding history of Hockey Night in Canada in a brand-new way that will spark nostalgia in hockey fans far and wide. Fans will have a chance to get their hands on the limited-edition Hockey Night in Canada-themed WHL sweaters through local auction with their WHL Club.
Meet Tisean: The Warrior Princess
Tisean was born with a very rare condition which affected both her kidneys. Looking at her today you would never guess she’s had 23 surgeries – the majority of them kidney related. Her mom says “she is a really strong little girl. I call her my warrior princess because Tisean has shown so much strength and bravery throughout all the surgeries she has had since the age of four.”
It’s been a very long journey for Tisean, which is an understatement. At such a young age, Tisean needed to learn about kidney disease, adapt to special diets, take mandatory medications, and undergoing various treatment options. Fortunately, she hasn’t be alone throughout her kidney journey. Tisean has the love and support of her family, friends, Alberta’s medical system, and last year she was invited to Kidney Kids Camp.
At the time, Tisean & her family didn’t know Alberta/The Kidney Foundation had a camp for kids with kidney issues, but our little warrior princess was so excited to go and celebrated her 10th birthday at camp. While the family was nervous to see their child leave home for a week, she returned from camp with so much excitement, stories of adventure, new friendships, and an eagerness to go back in 2019. It was, after all, an opportunity for her to just be a kid.
When Tisean was asked to be an ambassador for the Kidney Foundation of Canada WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry To Promote Organ Donation game in Red Deer, she immediately said YES. It was her way to help bring awareness to kidney health and organ transplantation.
As her mom says “so far her journey with kidney disease has been calm. She does have a daily routine which requires the use of catheters, irrigation therapy, and medication for her bladder and kidneys, and maintaining her diet from sodium and potassium” but she is strong. And she will get through this.