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Meet some of the children whose lives have been, and continue to be greatly impacted by research and the funds raised to support it.

Name: India Age: 3 Hospital: BC Children’s Hospital

Meet India: The day India’s life was flipped upside down started like any other. She went for a stroll with her family but felt tired and soon came down with a fever and chills. Not long after, at 15 months old, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).…

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Name: Jacob. Age: 15. Hospital: Janeway Children’s Hospital

Meet Jacob: Jacob was born on New Year’s Day – seemingly healthy – until two weeks later when he started to show unusual symptoms. His entire body was covered in extreme rashes, he had strange swellings, bumps, and bone lesions which made it too painful for him…

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Name: Eli  Age: 7  Hospital: IWK Health Centre

Meet Eli: The moment he was born, Eli was taken into intensive care. He had complications during birth that resulted in a brain injury called hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. Then, at eight months old, Eli was officially diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy…  

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Name: Anneliese  Age: 6  Hospital: Stollery Children’s Hospital

Meet Anneliese: Anneliese was born with cerebral palsy and a blockage in her brain. She was only five days old when she had her first brain surgery – a critical procedure to insert a shunt that drains fluid buildup. Six weeks later, she was rushed from her home…

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Name: Bella  Age: 7  Hospital: Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital

Meet Bella: Bella was in the hospital for the first two years of her life. She has a rare bowel disease and a form of dwarfism. After four bowel surgeries and a number of complications including septic shock, her medical team couldn’t understand why she wouldn’t heal...

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Name: Brooks  Age: 2  Hospital: Children’s Hospital, London

Meet Brooks: From the moment he was born, Brooks struggled to live. He wasn’t eating, he was throwing up bile, his heartbeat was erratic, and he needed oxygen. He has two medical conditions, both life threatening: congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS)…

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Name: Callum  Age: 13  Hospital: Alberta’s Children’s Hospital

Meet Callum: At three years old, Callum started experiencing tics. His family thought he was just fidgeting as young kids do, but it became difficult for him to hold a pencil or an open book. He rubbed his face so often that his skin started breaking down…

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Name: Joseph  Age: 5  Hospital: McMaster Children’s Hospital

Meet Joseph: Joseph was his normal, happy self until about 11 months old, when he started to become limp and refused to eat. His parents took him to a local hospital, where a CT scan revealed a rare type of brain tumour…

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Name: Mellina  Age: 4  Hospital: CHU Sainte-Justine

Meet Mellina: Mellina was born prematurely, at only 25 weeks and 5 days, and things went from bad to worse. With multiple bowel perforations and respiratory problems, she spent the first nine months of her life at Sainte-Justine…  

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Name: Izel  Age: 7  Hospital: CHEO

Meet Izel: Izel is a fiery, fun-loving, six-year-old dancer…and a two-time cancer survivor. When she was 15 months, her parents noticed a fever and blood in her diaper. She was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumour, a kidney cancer that primarily affects children. She had her right kidney and a portion of her lung removed…

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Name: Niko  Age: 4  Hospital: HSC Winnipeg Children’s Hospital

Meet Niko: In November of 2018, Niko was lying down on the floor, unresponsive. He had just had a seizure. The paramedics tried to revive the one-year-old as his parents watched completely helpless and in shock.…

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Name: Safira  Age: 14  Hospital: SickKids

Meet Safira: Safira was a happy, healthy ten-year-old with a talent for art. One day, with no warning, her mouth started drooping. Then, she couldn’t raise her right arm.  Safira was admitted to the SickKids neurology ward. A few days later, she stopped breathing…

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Name: Leroy  Age: 3  Hospital: Montreal Children’s Hospital

Meet Leroy: Leroy was born two months prematurely with a rare tumour on his spine. They operated on him at just 3 days old. Everyone thought the procedure would go smoothly, but it was far more complicated than anticipated. As he was recovering, they found another completely unrelated condition…

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It all starts with research

Research is the engine that drives a million changes for the health of every kid in Canada. Your contributions support the discovery of life-saving treatment that improve survival rates, quality of life and outcomes for children who are facing the most challenging health issues such as cancer, epilepsy, diabetes, congenital heart defects and life-threatening allergies.

Every day across Canada

5,000 children
need care

250 children
need surgery

So there's never been a better time to lace up and get active! Or donate today to help us uncover new cures and less invasive treatments through ground-breaking research and clinical trials.

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The donations you raise will help fund life-saving research at your local children’s hospital. From rare diseases to everyday illnesses, research is the first essential step for every kid in Canada to be a healthier kid which is why your efforts - and every dollar raised - matter.

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