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December 24, 2010
One of Canada’s largest group-buying websites has embraced group-giving this holiday season in support of SickKids.
December 23, 2010
Drake, the Grammy-nominated recording artist and former Degrassi Junior High star stopped by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Wednesday to spread some early holiday cheer.
December 16, 2010
Firkin Group of Pubs generosity fuels Camp’s growth, benefits SickKids cardiac patients
Don Cherry, the renowned host of Coach’s Corner, joined Larry Isaacs of The Firkin Group of Pubs and Jeff Neiman, founder of Cardiac Kids, today at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) to announce a $1 million gift to Camp Oki, Canada’s only summer camp for children with congenital heart disease.
December 3, 2010
Highlighting the annual holiday activities at the Hospital for patients and their families.
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, imagine calling SickKids home for the holidays. This year more than 250 families will see their holiday traditions relinquished to tests, treatments, pokes and procedures, waking up in hospital when others are celebrating with family and friends. For some, this has become their tradition and it is up to the SickKids Child Life Department to bring a little laughter into their lives at this time of year.
November 8, 2010
“Together We Will” calls on community to join doctors, researchers and caregivers to help advance child health
Canadian icons, artists, philanthropists and children have come together to support a new brand campaign for The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). “Together We Will”, the campaign’s theme and tagline, aims to inspire the community to come together with SickKids doctors and researchers to help advance child health care through donations.
October 25, 2010
Believed to be single largest private gift to paediatric cancer in North America, gift will establish the Garron Family Cancer Centre
A transformational gift of $30 million, believed to be the single largest private gift to paediatric cancer in North America, was announced this morning by Mary Jo Haddad, President and CEO of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). The gift will establish the Garron Family Cancer Centre and allow SickKids to help more children survive their cancer diagnosis.
October 22, 2010
The fourth annual Fairchild Radiothon was held on Thursday, October 21 and raised almost $110,000 for SickKids Foundation, reaching their goal in the closing minutes of the program.
October 15, 2010
Walmart Canada’s initiatives raise $10 million for Hospital
This morning, nearly 75 Walmart Canada store associates and executives gathered at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) to celebrate $10 million in donations. Raised predominantly through store-run initiatives, this funding is being used to support SickKids areas like patient care, equipment and research.
September 28, 2010
In just four short months, SickKids Foundation has raised more than $30 million in commitments in support of the world-class SickKids Research & Learning Tower under construction in Toronto’s Discovery District.
September 24, 2010
Gift enables SickKids program to expand local helpline nationally
At an event on Thursday, September 23rd at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Motherisk celebrated its 25th birthday and received a $1.5 million gift from Shoppers Drug Mart.
September 23, 2010
Recording artist Drake recently announced details and dates for his 2010 North American tour, Lights Dreams & Nightmares, which included naming SickKids Foundation as the charitable partner.
May 4, 2010
SickKids announces the most ambitious capital redevelopment plan in its 135-year history
Toronto - The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) today announced the details of the $400 million, 21-storey, 750,000 square foot Research & Learning Tower to be built at the corner of Bay and Elm Streets; bringing together the 2,000 scientists and staff of SickKids Research Institute. The Tower is slated to be completed by 2013. Designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc. with HDR Inc., the world-class facility will achieve LEED® Gold Certification - setting the standard for energy efficiency and sustainable infrastructure in Toronto’s Discovery District. The construction contract to build the Tower was awarded to Ellis Don Corporation.
May 4, 2010
SickKids Foundation announces $500 million financing for 21-storey Research & Learning Tower
Toronto - SickKids Foundation today launched the most ambitious and important fundraising campaign in its history. The campaign to raise funds for the Research & Learning Tower of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), a 21-storey, 750,000 square foot Tower to be built at the corner of Bay and Elm streets, underscores the critical importance of the community to the Hospital’s leadership in children’s health research, education and care.
April 29, 2010
Astral Media listeners pledged their support to the tune of $2.3 million
TORONTO, ON - Thursday, April 29, 2010 - Another exciting and emotional SickKids Radiothon came to a close at 6 p.m. today after hundreds of Astral Media listeners from the GTA community dug deep into their wallets in support of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). At final tally, the 24th Annual SickKids Radiothon raised $2,329,021.
January 14, 2010
Family-centred Sears Cancer Clinic offers SickKids patients and families a new place to call their own
New clinic features vibrant spaces and allows for improved patient flow
TORONTO - Children dealing with cancer and serious blood diseases spend a great deal of their young lives visiting the hospital. Ten-year-old Tobin Haas knows this all too well. When he was only two years old he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. It was treated but then grew back; last summer a routine MRI revealed Tobin had relapsed again and the cancer had spread to Tobin’s spine. Tobin has endured surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and countless hospital visits.
January 7, 2010
Calling all teams to register for a day of
PATH, Toronto’s Downtown Walkway, will come alive with teams of families and friends on February 15 for the inaugural Family Day Race for SickKids. Teams will maneuver their way through sections of the 27-kilometre underground walkway during a two-hour race to solve puzzles and brain-teasers to raise money in support of SickKids Foundation.
November 26, 2009
Toronto Police are currently investigating an illegal coin collection campaign disguised as supporting SickKids Foundation. Donation canisters appearing to represent SickKids Foundation have been placed in food courts and shopping malls throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
November 9, 2009
Burger King Restaurants of Canada Inc. is celebrating 10 years of support and more than $2.3-million donated to SickKids Foundation by announcing its commitment for an 11th year of fundraising for the organization.
October 1, 2009
Listen to an interview with Patsy Anderson, Chair, Board of Directors, SickKids Foundation with Bill Carroll on Newstalk 1010.
September 30, 2009
Media Statement: Financial Disclosure FY0809
Today, we are releasing the financial statements for SickKids Foundation for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009. We will be reporting on our required filings with the Canada Revenue Agency and with the Internal Revenue Service in the United States. And we will be outlining the actions taken by the Board of Directors that underscore our ongoing commitment to the highest standards of fiduciary responsibility and governance.
September 30, 2009
Largest charitable contribution in children’s health care in Canada
Despite an unprecedented turn in the economy, SickKids Foundation made a significant investment in children’s health, directly impacting research, education and care across Canada.
September 30, 2009
Five years at a glance
In 2005, SickKids Foundation launched a five-year campaign to raise $500 million for children’s health. Based on the overwhelming support of our community our goal has been reached 20 months ahead of schedule and we have taken one giant leap towards realizing our vision, "Healthier Children. A Better World."™.
September 23, 2009
Leon’s donates furniture and a $75,000 gift to SickKids
While most patient rooms at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) have a daybed for parents to spend the night, one area of the hospital does not.
August 12, 2009
And they’re off! On August 12, 18 eager cyclists hit the pavement pedalling at 9:30 a.m. leaving from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) en route to Montreal Children’s Hospital, 576 kilometres away.
July 9, 2009
SickKids teens and their friends partied at an "After Hours Exclusive Event" at the hospital on July 9. The prom-inspired event was made possible by the Storfer family's Turning Wishes Into Memories Endowment Fund at SickKids Foundation.
March 21, 2009
The James Fund featured on W-Five, CTV News
On Saturday, March 21, CTV's national current affairs program, W-Five, aired an inspiring story about The James Fund and the groundbreaking work in neuroblastoma research at SickKids Research Institute.
The story focuses on the late James Birrell (8), his courageous battle with neuroblastoma, and his family's philanthropic efforts which led to the creation of The James Fund and the launch of The James Birrell Laboratories at Dr. David Kaplan's lab at the Research Institute. SickKids interviews include Dr. Kaplan, Dr. Sylvain Baruchel, and a neuroblastoma patient currently undergoing treatment.
February 25, 2009
SickKids Foundation publishes innovative Impact magazine
The latest issue of Impact magazine is available. The Foundation is committed to informing the community about the vital role that philanthropy plays in advancing children’s health care. The stories featured in Impact are excellent examples of how private donations are leveraged to turn research into reality.
Impact magazine is published twice a year.
September 11, 2008
SickKids Foundation publishes innovative Impact magazine
HealthyKids International, an international initiative of SickKids Foundation was featured in the September 11, 2008 issue of Maclean's.
Reprinted with permission from Maclean's.
August 05, 2008
As the 2008 North American Leadership Conference came to a close this spring, conference attendees celebrated the impact their private investments have on the health and well-being of children in North America.
June 02, 2008
On Friday June 6, Citytv will host the third annual Herbie Day to raise awareness of and support for children from around the world in need of specialized care at SickKids. Citytv’s Gord Martineau.
May 13, 2008
When Pablum was created in 1930, few would have imagined it would be the catalyst for groundbreaking research and improvements in every facet of children's health. But when SickKids licensed the.
April 21, 2008
The Annual SickKids Telethon will be airing Saturday, April 26 at 8:30 p.m. on Fairchild Television. The telethon will air nationwide featuring more than 10 new inspirational stories from our Cantonese and Mandarin speaking families and health-care providers.
April 1, 2008
The GTA community and listeners of Astral Media radio Toronto opened up their hearts in support of the SickKids Radiothon in record numbers. More than $4 million had been raised, with further donations still to come.
March 28, 2008
After 22 years of support for the Annual SickKids Radiothon, with more than $25 million raised, the hospital is honouring Gary Slaight and the Slaight family by renaming the Atrium at SickKids The Slaight Family Atrium.
March 20, 2008
The Toronto Star's Special Section on SickKids!
10 year old Madison Scott is a cancer patient, actress, and fundraiser! Madison's story and that of other kids, families and staff at SickKids are shared in the Toronto Star's Special Section on SickKids.
Join us for Family Day, February 18, 2008
Come down to The Toronto Eaton Centre for superhero-themed family fun. Join Canadian Idol judge, Farley Flex, Troy McCallum, host of 97.3 EZ Rock, Sandra Palmaro, Vice President of SickKids Foundation, and SickKids Patient Ambassadors and their families as we launch Believe in Change.
Coming December 29th, 2007
SickKids: Believing in Heroes will take you on a journey behind-the-scenes where you will meet some of our smallest and bravest heroes. Join us on December 29th on CTV from 8-10am.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Accepting donations in lieu of gifts is a generous way to support SickKids during the holidays. It's easy to tell your friends "No gifts, please!" when you create your own web page to take donations for SickKids.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
SickKids Foundation celebrated National Child Day by honouring more than 200 young heroes who embrace the spirit of giving by raising money for The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). The Kids Believe in SickKids Giving Gala was hosted by Luba Goy, star of CBC’s Royal Canadian Air Farce.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The impact of a family’s efforts to cure a deadly childhood cancer is being recognized today with the naming of a cancer research lab in their son’s honour. The James Birrell Laboratories at SickKids Research Institute recognizes the impact of eight-year-old James Birrell to the world of neuroblastoma research.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
"The Friends of Tie Domi" are honouring the hockey hero with a donation of $1 million in his name to fund a redesign of the rehabilitation department at SickKids. Once complete, the new facility will be equipped with Maple Leaf memorabilia.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Fairchild Radio's "Believe in SickKids Week" celebrates The Hospital for Sick Children with a Radiothon (live from SickKids!) on August 16th, and a car wash in Richmond Hill on August 19th.
Friday, August 10, 2007
SickKids is thrilled to be the official charitable partner of the 2007 Grey Cup! SickKids and the Argos are also working together on a number of unique community programs. Read more about how you can participate.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
It was a Blizzard in August!
Today all funds raised from the sale of Blizzards at Dairy Queen in Northern and South-Central Ontario went to SickKids. A great big thank you to everyone who enjoyed some ice cream today! Giving never tasted so sweet.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Join us August 4th at Square One Shopping Mall in Mississauga for a day of exciting NBA and Raptors entertainment supporting SickKids. Admission is free and open to everyone.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Join the "I believe in SickKids" group on Facebook, and share your support for The Hospital for Sick Children! We love to read your postings, hear about your events, see your pictures and share your stories about SickKids.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
The official announcement of a $2 million commitment to SickKids from RBC is part of a week-long employee celebration of RBC “Putting Communities FIRST,” that includes an annual 5km walk-a-thon.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
On Sunday, June 24, more than 50 eager cyclists led by Mattamy Homes’ CEO Peter Gilgan will cross the finish line at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) to complete the Tour de Blue, a 4,000 km bike trek from Vancouver to Toronto.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Citytv Herbie Day is June 8th, and this year, it's all about you! Read about how you can use the web, YouTube, Google Video and Facebook to help Gord Martineau and Citytv raise funds for Operation Herbie at SickKids.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the courageous stories of patients at The Hospital for Sick Children. Hosted by Lloyd Roberts and Sherry Miller, and featuring special celebrity appearances, this two-hour television program will air Saturday, June 2nd at 7pm.
Monday, April 16, 2007
The Humanitarian Awards were created to honour students, staff and volunteers at SickKids who exemplify the qualities of compassion and humanitarianism in providing care to kids and families. Congratulations to all of the nominees for the 2007 Humanitarian Awards program! Read about 2007's honourees here.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Please tune in this year on March 28, 29 and 30th to Newstalk 1010 CFRB, 97.3 EZ Rock and 99.9 MIX FM to hear three inspiring days of radio as SickKids patients and families share their stories of hope and courage with listeners.
March 17, 2007
SickKids Foundation and the University of Toronto have announced a $2 million dollar gift from BMO Financial Group, establishing the BMO Financial Group Chair in Cardiology. World-renowned SickKids clinician and researcher, and University of Toronto Professor in Paediatrics, Dr. Andrew Redington has been named the inaugural Chair holder.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Blockbuster Canada has launched 'Badges of Honour', its first 2007 national Children's Miracle Network fundraising program. Five collectable Xbox 360 game pins or badges of honour are on sale in Blockbuster locations across Canada for $2 each. Proceeds benefit Children's Miracle Network of which SickKids is a recipient.
February 18, 2007
In honour of the hundreds of families spending the newest provincial holiday at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Canadian Idol judge, Farley Flex and his family stopped by the Toronto Eaton Centre today to help SickKids Foundation celebrate Family Day and officially launch their new Believe in Change campaign.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
SickKids Foundation today announced the largest gift in the history of The Hospital for Sick Children and the largest philanthropic investment in children’s cardiac medicine and research in North America.
Arthur and Sonia Labatt pledged an historic $30 million to SickKids with $25 million establishing The Labatt Family Heart Centre and a $5 million endowment that furthers their support of the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Patients and families at The Hospital for Sick Children have a new space to call their own, thanks to the generous funding from Mattamy Homes Limited to SickKids Foundation.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Toronto Maple Leafs are set to present Melt the Ice, an on-line auction event featuring Toronto Maple Leafs memorabilia and a one-of-a-kind, themed and autographed Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
The star of television shows, I Dare You and This is Daniel Cook, kicked off his official duties on CIBC World Markets Miracle Day, Dec. 6, when CIBC World Markets Children’s Foundation donated $10,000 to Daniel’s charity of choice: SickKids Foundation.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
SickKids Foundation today announced a $2 million gift from Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman, establishing the Schwartz-Reisman SickKids Exchange Program with Israel and marking a partnership that will enhance clinical and scientific exchange internationally.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
SickKids Foundation recently honoured more than 80 young philanthropists in the inaugural Kids Believe in SickKids Awards.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
The new SickKids Spirit of Giving survey found that four out of five Canadian parents pass on the so-called 'giving gene,' encouraging their children to donate to a charity and simply give back to others.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
The Hospital for Sick Children recently modernized its Plastic Surgery Clinic for the Burns, Plastics and Craniofacial Programs. The new space, which reopened on Nov. 15 with a celebration in the hospital’s Atrium, is a result of a $500,000 gift from KRG Children’s Charitable Foundation, affiliated with the Toronto-based KRG Insurance Group.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Held at Toronto’s Renaissance Praque Banquet and Convention Center, the Smiles of Innocence Memorial Charity Gala this year drew more than 1,000 community members wanting to make a difference in the lives of children. The event featured a 400-item silent auction, a live auction featuring twin ATV’s, a short film and an inspirational speech.
Friday, November 3, 2006
Excellence. Collaboration. Integrity. Innovation. These are four strong words that represent the values that guide the work being done at SickKids. Read more about the year we had at The Hospital for Sick Children, the Research Institute, and SickKids Foundation, in our 2005 - 2006 Annual Reports.
Friday, September 29, 2006
It's that time of year again! This fall, SickKids Foundation has embarked on the second phase of its marketing communications program for the "SickKids. Believe" campaign. Our objective during this stage is to inspire more people in the GTA to donate to SickKids Foundation by conveying the ongoing need for funds to targeted audiences.
Friday, September 29, 2006
Our newly designed SickKids Foundation website is a reflection of our vision: Healthier Children. A Better World.™ The new site is bright, friendly and easy to read and navigate. It showcases our patients, staff and donors as well as our successes and accomplishments in children's health research and care.