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Donor of the Week Spotlight

For the week of December 15, 2014

The Dilawri Foundation

The Dilawri Foundation is making a difference in the lives of patients and families here at SickKids and around the world. Their elegant Bliss Ball has created a source of financial assistance that our families can access when the cost of being a SickKids kid becomes too big a burden and their support of the Dilawri Patients, Policy and Populations Neighbourhood is fostering research focused on outcomes and impacts designed to improve the health and the quality of life of children and their families. 

Through targeted philanthropy, the Dilawri Foundation makes a positive difference in the health care, medical research and family services world. We are very proud to extend our sincere thanks to the Dilawri Foundation for their generous support. 

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Donor Stories

Meet Joan Foster, a SickKids donor

Joan Foster SickKids Donor

Last November, when my daughter Kimberley turned 50, I decided to make a donation in our names to SickKids Foundation by giving a SickKids Get Better Gift. I searched through the online symbolic giving catalogue and chose a Safe Ride Home – so another mother would know the joy of bringing home her precious baby from the hospital, as I did many years ago.

Kim was a large baby. She had a rough trip coming into this world and arrived with her head a bit misshapen. I was told it was not a serious condition and it would correct itself within a few days. In the meantime, I giggled at her scrunched up face and her mass of straight black hair.

But the next day, doctors told me my baby was going to be transferred to The Hospital for Sick Children. There was a problem with her blood. I was devastated and cried in my mother's arms. Kim required many blood transfusions and special care from SickKids experts. Finally, after two weeks, she was discharged and I got to hold my precious daughter bundled up in blankets and take her home.

Half a century has passed since then, and though I have four children, all of whom are loved, Kim is truly the child of my heart. Every night I first thank God and then SickKids for the wonderful miracle I have been given.

My deepest gratitude and thanks for all the wonderful things you do and the lives you save.


Joan Foster

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