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Donor of the Week Spotlight

For the week of October 20, 2014


Marriott associates enthusiastically support SickKids through a number of initiatives including golf tournaments, breakfast programs, employee giving and property driven events. Marriott Hotels of Canada has been a proud sponsor of Children’s Miracle Network and SickKids since 2001. Through the 34 hotels in the SickKids market, Marriott Canada has raised an extraordinary $1.2 million to help patients and their families who are facing complex medical challenges. The funds raised are designated towards where the need is highest, whether that be research, education or care.

Thank you Marriott for your incredible support and for sharing in our vision: Healthier Children. A Better World.

Topper's Pizza 

The Toppazzini family, of Topper’s Pizza, selected SickKids as the pizzeria chain’s “Charity of Choice” in support of children’s health.

“We’re proud to select SickKids Foundation as our corporate charity,” said Keith Toppazzini, president and chief operating officer of Topper’s Franchise Company Inc., owner of the Topper’s Pizza brand. “As a family-run business with strong family values, it makes perfect sense to support a charitable organization that does so much for so many families across our province, Canada and around the world.” The partnership falls under the company’s corporate social responsibility program.

Funds are raised through year-long in-store donations. Also, a portion of the proceeds from designated menu combos are donated to SickKids.

“By partnering with SickKids, we are making a considerable commitment to support children’s health and we couldn’t be happier to do it,” said Kelly Toppazzini, chairman and CEO of Topper’s Pizza. “Many of our customers and staff have family or friends in the community that have been helped by SickKids, and they are fully committed to giving back.”

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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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