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Donor of the Week Spotlight

For the week of July 7, 2014

Scalar Decisions Inc.

Scalar is Canada's leading IT solution provider focused on delivering mission-critical IT solutions around infrastructure, security, and cloud. A leader in the design, architecture, deployment and management of High Performance Computing environments, Scalar has worked closely with SickKids to complete the Scalar Decisions Data Centre, which will allow researchers access to state-of-the-art High Performance Computing, significantly speeding up many research endeavours at SickKids.

“Scalar Decisions has a strong history with SickKids in developing leading-edge IT facilities, so we are delighted to deepen our relationship with this gift,” said Paul Kerr, President and CEO of Scalar Decisions. “I also know first-hand about the world-class research carried out at the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre. The gift, combined with the opening of the Scalar Decisions Data Centre, ensures that Scalar Decisions can have a lasting effect on healthcare research in Canada, and we are privileged to be a part of this.”

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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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