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Donor of the Week Spotlight

For the week of March 23, 2015


FedEx has been a long-standing supporter of SickKids. Most recently they made a generous commitment to create the FedEx Catalyst Scholar in Traumatic Brain Injury to help us look for answers to the difficult questions surrounding this type of brain injury. Their employees also take part in our Canaccord Genuity Great Walk Adventure Walk and other events. We wish to thank FedEx and its employees for being such an amazing part of the SickKids community!

Skate with Daniel

Daniel Bertoia was born on March 27, 1990 and was a hero to many. A natural comedian, athlete and musician, Daniel always had a smile on his face and a determination to live his life to the fullest. After being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, family and friends rallied together in a show of support for Daniel. What all began as a simple get together for Daniel to get on the ice with some friends turned into the creation of an annual charity initiative striving to one day fulfill Daniel’s wish of finding a cure. Through unwavering hope and determination, Skate with Daniel has raised more than $580,000 for b.r.a.i.n.child and brain tumour research at SickKids. It is our privilege to honour Daniel, the Bertoia family, and Skate with Daniel.

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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