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