13-year-old Torrie Schaffer of Balcarres was diagnosed with a rare blood disease at just nine years old.
In 2016, two weeks before her shocking diagnosis, Torrie started to notice some unusual symptoms. She was admitted to hospital in Regina with a low platelet count, and soon after had no platelet count at all. The provincial Pediatric Transport Team rushed to airlift her to Saskatoon’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Torrie was soon diagnosed with Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) Autoimmune Blood Disease, which can be fatal if not treated right away.
The perfect treatment for Torrie’s rare, serious blood disease was a special piece of equipment, which was thankfully purchased just six months before her diagnosis with funding from Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation. Torrie was the very first child in Saskatchewan to be treated with the new Pheresis machine. Without access to this life-saving equipment, children just like Torrie would have to travel out of province for treatment.
To continue to keep her health in check, Torrie visits Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital every two to three months to see a pediatric hematologist. Learning to cope with an unexpected disease has not been easy, so Torrie regularly visits a counsellor to help her stay positive and hopeful for the future. Torrie is set on not allowing her disease to take away her quality of life and is doing her best to live it to the fullest.
As the 2020 Saskatchewan Champion Child, Torrie is representing sick and injured kids across Saskatchewan. Your support during this year’s Radiothon will help kids like Torrie receive the best care possible, right here at home!
By becoming a Hometown Hero you’re supporting a child in your hometown who has spent time in hospital. A Hometown Hero’s donation of a minimum of $2,500 supports a local Miracle Child’s personal fundraising page.