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Donor of the Week Spotlight

For the week of November 17, 2014

WestJet

WestJet is an incredible supporter of SickKids Foundation through the Children’s Miracle Network. Since 2007, WestJet has supported SickKids through their Gift of Flight program which generously donates in-kind flight donations that are used for fundraising events that support the hospital. The funds raised through the events are designated towards funding the highest priority needs at the hospital in areas of family-centered care, research and education. Thank you WestJet for your incredible support and for sharing in our vision: Healthier Children. A Better World.

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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.

Sincerely,

Joan Foster


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