The Airdrie Health Foundation is a charitable foundation created to raise funds for the
Airdrie Community Health Centre, Urgent Care & public health care initiatives.
Funds raised go towards health and wellness priorities, such as: services, equipment and education for Airdrie and the surrounding community.
The Airdrie Health Foundation was established after a five-year-old boy named Lane became suddenly and seriously ill during the night in 2009. Because Airdrie had no 24-hour emergency medical care, it was impossible for Lane's parents to access the necessary medical help in time to save their son.
Lane's mother, Michelle Bates, co-founded the Airdrie Health Foundation to prevent other families from experiencing similar tragedies. The Airdrie Health Foundation was established as a registered charity in 2013. After four years of work acting as a strong community voice, the Airdrie Health Foundation successfully gained 24-Hour Urgent Care for Airdrie in 2017.
"Lane was a typical five-year-old boy who loved sports, hunting, playing cars, playing with his army men, and being a Firefighter. Lane always watched out for others and wanted to help take care of everyone. After watching only minutes of the movie Ladder 49, he knew he wanted to be a fireman so he 'could save everyone'. He wore his firefighter’s outfit for three and a half years.
Lane would always doctor us when we were not well. He would cuddle us to make us feel better. He was always in character. Lane’s imagination was unbelievable. He was a firefighter, a hunter, a sheriff, a worker, a helper, and always taking care of something or someone.
It was very fitting when Lane passed, that the Airdrie Fire Department made Lane an Airdrie Emergency Services Honorary Firefighter. The Airdrie Health Foundation logo is of Lane's hand. And a heart in it is the most fitting thing possible. I have not met anyone with a bigger heart than Lane! He always rubbed our face and held us, so his hand just makes me think of him taking care of all of us.”
Michelle, mother of Lane Bates (July 11, 2004 - October 26, 2009)