SickKids Hospital holds a special place in my heart and has largely impacted most of us in one way or another.
At 10 days old, my sister came down with 104-degree fever. My parents quickly took her to SickKids Hospital and within a few hours, test results came back…my sister had contracted encephalitis and meningitis. The severity was unknown, however CT Scans of her brain showed that, as the doctors put it “the entire top of her brain was left damaged”. My sister would never walk, run, speak, see or communicate and likely had a very short lifespan. You can imagine…every parent’s worst nightmare.
I was born into a family with a 6-year old brain damaged sister who resided in a home for multiple handicapped children. My sister had SickKids’ visits frequently – and I accompanied my mother to the hospital. Doctors initially said that my sister wouldn’t make it to 7 years old.
The light in this dark hole is the care, treatment and kindness of others. The care of the doctors and nurses at SickKids…. the care and the nursing at Sunbeam Lodge, the home that cared for my sister. My sister was in and out of the hospital… doctors became family friends, nurses became babysitters and staff always were and have been life changing.
SickKids fights to save lives, to find new cures and to provide world-class care.
This year will mark my company SocialEyes Communications’ inaugural event – The No Limits Gala taking place on November 20th in Toronto – an event thrown to raise funds for SickKids Hospital.
Despite being Canada’s most research-intensive hospital and the largest centre dedicated to improving children’s health in the country, the hospital itself is fighting against the limits of a 70-year-old building where certain parts do not meet current day building codes. Vulnerable patients are crammed into overcrowded rooms and capacity for further innovation is limited.
SickKids is currently raising funds for the construction of a new hospital – a modern building, new campus, patient support facilities and state-of-the-art innovation.
Over 400,000 patients and their families walk through SickKids’ doors every year.
Learn more about SickKids Foundation