November 18, 2021
Thistledown Foundation Grants $2 Million Gift to Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation
Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations (CCHF) together with Children’s Healthcare Canada (CHC) are thrilled to announce a $26 million investment from Thistledown Foundation to support Canada’s 13 acute care children’s hospitals across the country. This historic gift recognizes the immense impact of the pandemic on Canadian children, youth, and their families.
A donation of $2 million to each acute care children’s hospital coast-to-coast is intended to meet urgent local needs and to ensure children and their families have access to the best available care, regardless of where they call home. “Through this gift, our hope is that children across Canada will have the best possible care to enable them to feel better soon and get back to the important job of being kids,” said Fiona McKean, co-founder, and Chair of Thistledown Foundation.
“Saskatchewan children and families are at the heart of our province and Foundation. To receive such a generous gift from Thistledown Foundation, alongside our Canadian children’s hospital foundation partners, truly shines a bright light on the importance and urgency of children’s health and well-being during this unprecedented time. Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation will work with our provincial children’s hospital to transform possibilities into realities and to make a meaningful impact on our most vulnerable patients at such a crucial time in their lives. A heart-felt prairie thank you to Thistledown Foundation for their generosity and warm hug to Saskatchewan kids and their families,” says Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation.
This gift coincides with National Child Day which is celebrated on November 20. It commemorates a commitment Canada made to uphold the rights of all children. This includes the opportunity for children to be protected from harm, be provided with their basic needs including access to health care, be advocated for, and have a voice to ensure every opportunity to reach their full potential.