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Donor of the Week Spotlight

For the week of September 15, 2014

Beer Canada

Beer Canada supports the Motherisk Alcohol and Substance Use Helpline – Canada’s only bilingual, toll-free service providing counseling on the effects of alcohol and other substances during pregnancy and lactation. Launched in November 1997 to help prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, this specialized Motherisk helpline counsels women, their partners and healthcare providers, nationwide. Beer Canada also sponsors the Change the Conversation program created by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation and arrive alive DRIVE SOBER, and has supported alcohol research through funding provided to the Canadian Foundation on Fetal Alcohol Research, and the CCSA FASD Resource Centre. Beer Canada is also a key sponsor of the annual meeting of the FACE (Fetal Alcohol Canadian Expertise) Research Network.

Thank you Beer Canada, for your commitment and generous support of the Motherisk Alcohol and Substance Use Helpline at SickKids.

Duchesnay Inc.

A Canadian research-based pharmaceutical company, Duchesnay Inc. of Blainville, Québec, is dedicated to the development of effective pharmacological solutions that are safe for pregnant women and their babies. A generous supporter of Motherisk research for over a decade, Duchesnay helps to fund the Motherisk Disease Management and Surveillance Program and sponsors the annual Motherisk Update conference for healthcare professionals. Duchesnay also supports Motherisk’s national toll-free NVP Helpline, a unique counseling program for women throughout North America who are struggling with the debilitating effects of morning sickness. In September 2014, Duchesnay will sponsor the international meeting of teratogen information specialists, hosted by Motherisk.

Thank you, Duchesnay for your extraordinary commitment and support throughout the years.

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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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