Doris Jacques and Jaques Lafrance :
Grandparents of Corinne, child with heart disease, and donors of shares
“Residing in Lac St-Jean, our son and his wife knew from ultrasound at 30 weeks of pregnancy that the heart of their unborn baby showed a transposition of the great vessels. Corinne therefore had to undergo open-heart surgery shortly after her birth at the Centre mère-enfant Soleil in Quebec City. Since her condition was known in advance and because she was born at term, the medical team was ready to act. There were no complications and today she’s doing just fine.
But what a planification nightmare: the temporary move to Quebec City 5 weeks before the expected delivery date with their 2-year-old daughter as well as parents and grandparents. Then, 2 weeks before the birth, the whole family moved in for 6 weeks in an apartment located at a 2 minutes’ walk from the hospital. Despite the surgery that awaited Corinne, it was a gift to know in advance, to have the time, the financial means and grandparents available to deal with the situation.
By talking with parents and grandparents at the hospital, we learned that most of the children were born prematurely. Many parents were self-employed, with employment but without the possibility of paid leave or waiting 6 weeks before receiving parental leave benefits. Parents from remote areas also had to find accommodation…
Fortunately, En Coeur was there to help them financially.
For all these reasons, it has become important for us to make a donation to En Cœur and we have chosen to donate shares because it allows us to GIVE MORE! Indeed, the donation of shares allows the donor to avoid having to pay capital gains tax, otherwise payable upon the sale of the shares, while En Coeur enjoys the full amount of the value of the shares at the time of the donation.”