Campaign Timeline

As we close the historic SickKids VS Limits Campaign, we look back at the major milestones and big wins.

A group of SickKids patients, holding bricks and wooden planks in front of the SickKids VS Limits logo.

October 2017

Campaign Launch

The SickKids VS Limits Campaign officially launches at the Mattamy Centre in Toronto. It's the largest health-care fundraising campaign in Canadian history, raising money to build a new SickKids, drive breakthrough research, and partner to improve health care beyond our walls.

SickKids donor, Peter Gilgan, placing the symbolic first brick into a glass box, in front of SickKid Ambassadors, also holding bricks as they stand in front of the future home of the Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower.

June 2019

Historic Gift

We announce a $100-million gift from the Peter Gilgan Foundation for the new clinical tower, called the Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower. It is a remarkable and emphatic endorsement of our cause, which inspires more transformational gifts and a swell of donor support.

Construction equipment shown in the background, with a SickKids vs banner shown in the foreground, hung over newly broken ground.

October 2019

PSC Groundbreaking

On a rainy afternoon, we break ground on the Patient Support Centre, the administrative and education hub and first new building of the campus. A new SickKids is officially rising.

Background of boy with hat and girl with glasses standing back to back in profile with the SickKids 2025 logo in the foreground.

March 2020

SickKids 2025 Strategic Plan

The hospital presents its new strategic plan, a blueprint that will guide research, clinical care and education over the next five years. The plan introduces a bold new approach that aims to individualize treatment for each patient. It's called Precision Child Health.

An image of the outdoor SickKids signage for The Garron Family Cancer Centre.

December 2020

Transformational Gift for Cancer Research

The Garron Family Foundation pledges $15 million to support cancer research. The following year they pledge another $5.3 million for patient and family programs. This brings their total giving to more than $50 million.

An image of the sculpture made by artist, Nico Williams, from many bravery beads donated by SickKids patients.

April 2021

1 Million Donors!

The Campaign reaches the 1-millionth donor mark, just as our Bravery Bead program surpasses 1 million beads earned by patients for every procedure and treatment. To honour these milestones, Anishinaabe artist Nico Williams creates a Monument to the Brave with beads donated by SickKids patients.

An image of $50 million donor, Garry Hurvitz with a SickKids patient ambassador three other people.

September 2021

Investing in Mental Health

Garry Hurvitz pledges a transformational gift of $50 million to advance child and youth mental health at SickKids through the Garry Hurvitz Centre for Brain & Mental Health and the Garry Hurvitz Centre for Community Mental Health.

A group of people in hard hats and high visibility vests standing behind a large metal girder, on the roof of the new Patient Support Centre.

September 2022

PSC Topping Off

We celebrate the topping-off of the Patient Support Centre, the education and administration tower. In construction terms, it means that the concrete has reached the highest point of the building. For donors and the community, it's a manifestation of years of planning and fundraising.

An image of a 3D heart being used in training.

October 2022

Historic Gift for Heart Research

The Rogers Foundation donates $90 million for the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, a collaboration of SickKids, University Health Network and the University of Toronto that aims to tackle heart disease from all angles, across all ages. This brings their total investment to $220 million, one of the largest philanthropic investments in Canada's history.

The SickKids VS logo.

March 2023

Campaign Close

The SickKids VS Limits Campaign marks its close with $1.7 billion raised, surpassing the goal of $1.5 billion. Thank you to the 1.3 million donors who joined the fight for child health. Your impact will be felt for generations.