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Donor of the Week Spotlight

For the week of February 8, 2016

Lastman’s Bad Boy

Lastman’s Bad Boy has been an incredible supporter of The Hospital for Sick Children since 1999. Through the Open Your Heart for SickKids promotion, Lastman’s Bad Boy is raising funds throughout the month of February for the Labatt Family Heart Centre. Thank you Lastman’s Bad Boy for your incredible support and for sharing our vision: Healthier Children. A Better World.

Vaughan Mills

Vaughan Mills is proud to support SickKids. This past holiday season, Vaughan Mills’ “Santa’s Tiny Big Town” donated 100% of family photo packages to SickKids and we are thrilled to say that thanks to the community we’re able to donate $115,000! This first year of support will mark the start of our partnership where we look forward to many more years of contributing to the betterment of child health.

Donor Stories

Paying it forward

Donor Story - Joan with family Donor Story - Joan with family

Joan has been a part of the SickKids family since 1973.  Her son, David, fell off of the examination table at his doctor’s office at just four months. Although he appeared unhurt, the doctor insisted that she take him to SickKids where he stayed under 24 hour observation.

While at SickKids, apart from her anxiety about her son, Joan was in awe of the staff and care her family received, especially from Dr. Bernard Laski, Professor of Paediatrics at SickKids. “The staff were amazing and showed genuine compassion and caring for the well-being of each and every child and family who relied on them.”  

Luckily, David had no serious injuries. But Joan knows that not all families are as fortunate as hers, and that SickKids provides so much care for children and their families, not just in Ontario and Canada, but worldwide. She remembers there being another baby in the room with her son who was very ill. Joan realized that so many children and families rely on SickKids, and she felt comforted to have this hospital so close to home.

Today, Joan’s relationship with SickKids is one of giving back for everything that made her journey through motherhood a smooth and fortunate experience. She wants to help other children that are in need of the support of SickKids to grow up and become the best they can be. SickKids’ ground-breaking research and discoveries help ensure that children will grow up to be the best they can be in terms of their physical and emotional well-being. 

“My husband and I decided to include SickKids in our will because we want to give back to an institution that provides exceptional family-centred care and because we believe that one of our greatest priorities is The Hospital for Sick Children.”

Joan was taught to be generous by her own parents who were deeply involved with their community and enriched the lives of children through their own philanthropy and volunteerism.

Joan hopes that by sharing her story, others will be inspired to donate to SickKids, making everyone a winner.

“If you are as fortunate as we have been and require very little support for your own family members, you will be lessening the burden of so many young people and contributing to a hospital which provides excellent care for children not only in Canada but all over the world.”


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