Become a child’s hero!
Now you can become a hero for a child who is having a hard time. We are super proud of our collaboration with the foundation Ellas hjältar (Ellas heroes). Ellas hjältar’s vision is to give children an easier everyday life with the aids they need, but also to give children good memories that take them through tough times. Together with you, our runners and ambassadors, we will now make sure to realize their dreams. When you register for Helsingborg Marathon, Helsingborg Half Marathon or HBGM Relay you have the opportunity to make a donation to Ellas hjältar. Not running or missed the opportunity when you registered? No worries! You can also make a donation in our HBGM shop. Every donation to Ellas hjältar will help in our joint project in fulfilling Elliots dream which you can read about below. Together we make dreams come true!
Together we can change Elliot’s life
– If Elliot were to get a Racerunner, it would mean freedom for him. A way to get around and be involved in a way he can not today. Elliot got to try one for the first time two years ago. After only two steps, he realized that he himself could decide where to go and then a smile spread all over his face.
– As for Elliot’s mother and father, it would lift a great burden of their shoulders. A Racerunner has long been a desire of us all. To see Elliot play with his brother in an independent way without our help and knowing that his body is moving in a healthy way. As parents, we want nothing better than for Elliot to feel included, strong and happy. And a Racerunner would give him all that.
– In our world, it is obvious that Elliot and children in the same situation should have the same opportunities to play freely. We have struggled for a long time to get a Racerunner. We know that the only thing that can change and improve Elliot’s future forecast is movement in all its forms. If the body does not move, it breaks. Being a parent of a child with a disability should not be a class issue. Regardless of financial circumstances, all children should have the opportunity for freedom and movement.
Lets get Elliot a Racerunner!
Elliot and his parents’ dream is to get a Racerunner. Now we will together raise money for this. A Racerunner costs 30 000 SEK and when you register for one of our races during the Helsingborg Marathon, you can during the registration donate money that goes in full to Elliot’s upcoming Racerunner. If you are already registered, you can donate through our shop. Of course, the donation goes in full to Elliot’s Racerunner.
Donated so far for Elliot
Ellas hjältar step in for children who are having a hard time
Catja and her daughter Ella have always been close and they were both exited when Catja became pregnant with a baby sister. But nothing went as planned. The birth was dramatic, Catja almost lost her life and the injuries she received were permanent. The idea for Ellas hjältar was born when they saw a TV show about children who were having a hard time. Ella were enchanted. – I thought that maybe we could heal, by helping others, says Catja, founder of Ellas hjältar. Ellas hjältar were founded in 2016 by Catja Karlberg when she suffered a serious childbirth accident that completely changed her life. Even today, she lives with severe pain after the complications and with an ostomy bag. Catja was cared for at home for a long time, during this time her first daughter Ella was very scared, she also created a fear of being by Catja’s side when she no longer recognized her mother. To win back her daughter, Catja chose to raise money and to arrange for Ella to meet another child who also where going to a hard time. Already after the first meeting, Ella began to approach Catja again. The family therefore continued to help more children and this is where Ellas hjältar were born. Children and families may have suffered from illness, bullying or other trauma. Through Ellas hjältar, they get a wish fulfilled. Maybe it’s a trip, a meeting with an idol or an activity. Many children with disabilities also end up in the wrong place in society’s system and do not get the aids they need to live a normal life – here too we are making a difference. Donating money is an easy way for a company to do something good for someone else. – I often hear from our donors that they feel part of a family – Ellas hjältar. Contributing to the foundation is not only good for the company’s brand, but also provides a wonderful community. It feels good in the heart to give, says Catja.
Elliot is born lifeless and wakes up after three days
On October 20, 2016, Elliot’s mother Louise gets a manually started childbirth as she had gone two weeks over time. The pregnancy had flowed normally and Elliot’s status before the birth was good. At 10:00 in the morning, they started by making a hole in the membrane with the hope of starting the contractions, but nothing happened and they chose to put a contract-stimulating IV. The hours passed without anything happening and at 01:00 the midwife sees that Elliot’s values are lowered and the heart sounds get weaker. She calls the emergency doctor who is undergoing surgery at the moment. He does not get the whole picture of the birth process and therefore judges that Elliot’s values are not so critical. – We do not get this information at all, the midwife comes in and tells me it is time to start pushing even though I am not fully open. It takes an hour and seven minutes before the doctor enters our delivery room. For just as long, Elliot’s values have been getting worse and worse. The doctor still decides to try another 20 minutes with a suction cup. After that, everything goes very fast. Louise is quickly moved and she hears someone tell her to take a deep breath. She is anesthetized and an emergency caesarean section is performed. At 02:50, a lifeless Elliot is picked out in front of his father. He has no signs of life more than what is thought to be a weak pulse in the umbilical cord. For 13 minutes, they struggle with CPR until the pulse and a first breath are taken in a respirator. The doctors decide that he should be cold-treated and put to sleep for two days. After less than a day, Elliot started having severe seizures and was forced to take antispasmodic medication. When they let go of the anesthesia after three days, Elliot did not wake up and the doctors could not explain why. When Elliot was four days old, Louise and Tommy were told that if Elliot’s values did not improve, there was nothing more they could do. But finally, after a week he woke up and another week later we had him in his own room.
Have Ellas hjältar make your dream come true.
“Our vision is to give children an easier everyday life with the aids they need, but also to give children good memories that take them through tough times.” We also help children who live with a sibling who has been affected. These children often have to stand back as the parents have to focus and invest a lot of time to take care of the other sibling. Together they are heroes and we want to thank them for this. Dream days, idol meetings, activities and more – the list can be long. We listen to everyone’s dreams and together we make your day unforgettable.
About Ellas hjältar
Ellas hjältar were started as a non-profit fundraiser for individual families the founder Catja got in touch with via the internet. Today, the Ellas hjältar is a foundation. Everything is transparent, as a donor you should know exactly what the money is used for. The focus is on being personal and building a relationship with the family, listening to their story, answering questions and being a supportive party before, during and after they have had their wish fulfilled. This is what distinguishes Ellas hjältar from many other aid organizations. Those who receive support from the foundation can be families affected by illness, bullying or other trauma. Through Ellas hjältar, they get a wish fulfilled, perhaps a trip, an idol meeting or an activity. Many children with disabilities also end up in the wrong place in our system and do not get the aids they need to live as normal a life as possible – here, too, Ellas hjältar step in. Ellas hjältar raise money for specific causes through grants, events and the like. They set a clear goal for a sum that covers the desire the case is about. As a donor, you can access this information via their pages. If there is money left over when they have helped a child, these, regardless of the amount, go on to future children on Ellas hjältar. This information may be read and approved by all parents before they post a case on the website.