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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: 4 Hospital: BC Children’s Hospital | Vancouver, BC

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: 16 Hospital: Janeway Children’s Hospital | St John's, NL

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: Anneliese  Age: 7  Hospital: Stollery Children’s Hospital | Edmonton, AB

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: 9  Hospital: Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital | Saskatoon, SK

Meet Bella: Bella spent the first two years of her life in the hospital. She was diagnosed with a rare bowel disease and a form of dwarfism. After four bowel surgeries and many complications including septic shock, doctors discovered she had been living with a rare condition called severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), meaning she has no immune system...

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Name: Kayleigh  Age: 3  Hospital: Children’s Hospital | London, ON

Meet Kayleigh: Born prematurely at 26 weeks and 6 days, Kayleigh started her life in the Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in London, Ontario. She immediately received specialized treatments including phototherapy lights, feeding tubes, and ventilation to help her grow stronger…

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Name: Madden  Age: 8  Hospital: Alberta Children’s Hospital | Calgary, AB

Meet Madden: From birth, Madden was very sick and suffered from severe skin issues. He also had low platelets, so his doctors suspected he had an immune disorder, however conventional tests were inconclusive. Then, when he was two, Madden ended up in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for a virus he couldn’t fight off. Left undiagnosed, Madden’s parents worried what the future held for their son…

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Name: Katelynn  Age: 8  Hospital: McMaster Children’s Hospital | Hamilton, ON

Meet Katelynn: In 2016, Katelynn was only 10.5 months old when she was diagnosed with a failure to thrive. She weighed less than she did at birth. An MRI at McMaster Children’s Hospital led to a devastating discovery – she had a tumour in her brain that required immediate attention…

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Name: Tommy  Age:Hospital: CHU Sainte-Justine | Montreal, QC

Meet Tommy: Tommy was born prematurely with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) — “bubble baby disease.” Fortunately, Dr. Élie Haddad and his research team at Sainte-Justine in Montreal, Quebec were there, with a revolutionary approach to addressing this disorder…  

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Name: Anna  Age: 13  Hospital: CHEO | Ottawa, ON

Meet Anna: Anna had a childhood filled with regular injuries as a result of persistent muscle weakness, which resulted in hundreds of doctor’s visits. Her clinical team at CHEO completed dozens of tests, including muscle biopsies, metabolic testing and at least five different genetic tests, but no conclusive diagnosis was reached…

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Name: Niko  Age: 5  Hospital: HSC Winnipeg Children’s Hospital | Winnipeg, MB

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: Leigha  Age: 14  Hospital: SickKids | Toronto, ON

Meet Leigha: When Leigha was three-years-old, her pediatrician noticed during one of her regular check-ups, that she had a lump around her abdomen area. She was sent to their local hospital for an ultrasound in middle of February. Shortly after, Leigha’s mom, Kyla, received a call from the hospital…

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Name: Leroy  Age: 4  Hospital: Montreal Children’s Hospital | Montreal, QC

Meet Leroy: Leroy was born two months prematurely with a rare tumour on his spine and received an operation at just 3 days old. It was expected that the procedure would go smoothly, but it was far more complicated than anticipated…

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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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