Christina Papaevangelou watched her friend, Katy, go through a series of chemotherapy for her cancer that continued to spread. Spending many days in the hospital, her friend felt isolated from family and friends even though they lived only 40 minutes away from the hospital. Katy was able to still hand in work and assignments through the hospitals dial-up Internet, but access was limited and cellphone use was prohibited.

After her death in 2004 and in honour of her friend, Christina and her father, Basile have been instrumental in the development of Upopolis, a social Wed community that helps make children’s stays in hospital a bit more pleasant.

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2 Responses to “Innovative Website That Helps Kids Stay In Hospital A Bit More Pleasant”

  1. Glyn Ganong on September 17th, 2011 7:39 am

    I’m always pleased to see people appreciating and spreading the word about our Upopolis online community for teens in hospitals. Christina’s friend Katy is my daughter. Upopolis is a wonderful way to keep Katy’s memory alive. Teens today do have an online life that is very important to them. Upopolis is another way for them to connect. This coming September 29th there will be another launch of Upopolis at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in North Toronto. We are very excited to add them to our Upopolis family. Currently the following are part of our community: MCH – McMaster Children’s Hospital, CHEO – Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, BCCH – British Columbia Children’s Hospital, IWK Health Centre in Halifax, SickKids in Toronto, Chu Ste Justine in Montreal, Lutherwood in Waterloo, Camp Oochigaes out of SickKids and now HBKRH – Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
    Thank you for helping spread the word.
    Warm regards,
    Glyn Ganong (Katy McDonald’s mom)

  2. Sandra on September 21st, 2011 10:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing this information!

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