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Donor of the Week Spotlight

For the week of March 2, 2015


Metal-Air Mechanical Systems Ltd. is a Greater Sudbury-based mechanical contracting company which services the industrial, commercial and institutional markets across Northern and Central Ontario. For the past 18-months, the company’s employees have held fundraising events which have included golf tournament events, raffles, contests and the boss’ Christmas gifts as well as individual donations totaling $5,100.00. Metal-Air has matched these funds, for a total donation of $10,200.00. Supporting the community is at the heart of Metal-Air Mechanical Systems’ business. This donation demonstrates their corporate dedication to improving the health of children.

Personal Injury Alliance

The Personal Injury Alliance™ is made up of three of the Top 5 personal injury law firms in Canada: McLeish Orlando, Oatley Vigmond and Thomson, Rogers. We are grateful to the Personal Injury Alliance for selecting SickKids as the recipient of a portion of the registration fees from their last conference: Practical Strategies for Experts. Their donation demonstrates their commitment to making a difference in the lives of children. 

Thank you PIA for your ongoing support!

See our Donor of the Week archive for 2015/2014

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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