The Cause

SickKids Foundation was establishment in 1972 and is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada. Their mission is to inspire our communities to invest in health and research to improve the lives of children and their families in Canada and around the world.

SickKids is known as one of the world’s top children’s hospitals and is home to Canada’s largest, hospital-based child health research institute. They treat more than 100,000 patients every year and is home to more than 10,000 staff, researchers and volunteers.

In Canada, about 1,400 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. SickKids treats approx. 25% of all childhood cancer patients across Canada at its Garron Family Cancer Centre.

Garron Family Cancer Centre

In 2010, SickKids opened the Garron Family Cancer Centre, designed to enhance and integrate all aspects of cancer research, learning and care. By providing specialist care and with a strong focus on research to develop new treatments, the Centre is changing the lives of children and families affected by cancer.

In 2013, SickKids opened The Garron Family MIBG Suite. It is the first paediatric MIBG centre in Ontario, second in Canada, and only one of 13 in North America. The MIBG suite offers a new treatment option for children from across Canada with relapsed neuroblastoma.

SickKids' major cancer/tumour achievements:

2014 – Research by SickKids scientist Dr. Michael Taylor is the first in the world to demonstrate why standard chemotherapies don’t work on ependymomas, a childhood brain tumour. 

2014 SickKids, in collaboration with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, performs North America’s first paediatric incisionless surgery to remove a bone tumour. 

2013 – A new pilot project at SickKids allows teens to receive portable cancer treatment through a backpack, reducing their time in hospital. 

2011 – Dr. David Malkin and his team develop a new approach for detecting cancer early in patients at high risk for the disease. This “Toronto protocol” is now being used by doctors around the world.

2010 – A transformational gift of $30 million, believed to be the single largest private gift to paediatric cancer in North America, establishes the Garron Family Cancer Centre at SickKids.

2008 – Dr. Michael Taylor discovers a family of eight gene mutations in fatal paediatric brain tumours. 

2005 – Dr. Sean Egan and Toronto colleagues identify two key genes linked to aggressive breast cancers; drugs in development to target the genetic pathway. 

2003 – Dr. Peter Dirks identifies cancer stem cells responsible for brain tumours. 

1997 – A $5 million gift from Arthur and Sonia Labatt helps establish the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre. At the time, this was the largest-ever gift made by a family to SickKids.

For more information on SickKids Foundation, visit www.sickkidsfoundation.com.