Having a sick child is emotionally & financially overwhelming. Our intent is to provide financial assistance for food, accommodations, travel, and other incidentals that are incurred on medical trips so that families can focus on their children and not stress over financial obligations.
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The idea for The Foundation arose in 2014 when two Foundation Board members spent 4 months in Toronto, at SickKids, where their critically ill child was receiving care. Being parents of a sick child themselves, they recognized how receiving specialized medical care for a child could create a major financial strain on a family. We believe in the Foundation’s mission and are committed to helping as many families as possible who are in the same difficult situation.
Since 2015, SickKids has logged close to 800 unique patient visits from children in Sault Ste. Marie. Each one of these visits would have incurred extraneous costs, including, but not limited to taking time off of work, spending overnights in hotels, eating at restaurants, and possibly spending months away from home removed from family and friends.
Our mission is to help relieve some of the financial hardship for affected families.
Our hope is to reduce the physical and emotional stress caused by the lingering uncertainty of a child’s illness.