Have you ever visited SickKids in Toronto? I hope you haven’t, really. It’s a giant building, with huge windows and a foyer filled with happy-looking staff and murals painted in bright colours. It belies what happens there — kids with life-threatening diseases, illnesses, injuries and more. Despite all the seriousness that happens there, it’s the most incredible, supportive, wonderful place to be if you’re a family who needs this kind of care. It’s a truly remarkable hospital, and one that my family loves so much.
We have a personal connection to SickKids: our daughter Story has VSD, a congenital heart defect (a hole in her heart), and we’ve been seeing a cardiologist at SickKids since she was an infant. It’s the place nobody really wants to go, but it’s also the place you’re so happy exists when you need their services. We feel really lucky that this is the worst we’ve had to deal with, it could be so much scarier. But even as small as this is, we’re beyond thankful to have SickKids.
SickKids not only has the most incredible staff, they also do the most amazing research, and my family is always happy to support them with our donations. We feel it’s important for our kids to give back, too, and to be thankful for the resources we’re so lucky to have.
This year, my family will be attending the The Canaccord Genuity Great Camp Adventure Walk to benefit SickKids. It’s a family-based fundraiser walk in Toronto (walkers can challenge themselves to do a 5, 10, 15 or 20km walk) with stops at fun-filled campsites along the route. There’s entertainment, activities, and more, and all money raised benefits the kids at SickKids. (Here are some pictures from last year’s event!)
To join in the fun, adults are required to raise a minimum of $500, youth (age 5-17) are required to raise a minimum of $150. In addition there is a $65 (adult) and $35 (youth) registration fee. (Children 0-4 are not required to pay a registration fee or fundraise.) So for my family, that’s over $1300 we need to raise!
To raise our money, we’re planning a few fun things.
1. Lemonade Stand Fundraiser
My kids already have elaborate plans to become wildly rich selling lemonade and iced tea, and they’re absolutely sure they’ll have enough to spare for our registration fees. We shall see. What I see is a lot of lemon-squeezing in my future. Ah well, it’s for a great cause.
2. Hair accessories
Story has been making elastic hair ties that she’ll be selling, and using some of her proceeds for the entry fees. You could also sell Rainbow Loom bracelets or friendship pins! The possibilities are endless.
3. Baked goods
I’ll be baking some amazing cookies and selling them. (I promise the kids won’t help with these.)
4. Online auction
I’ll be making some sea glass jewelry and seeking other donations to sell via online auction to raise money, too. Stay tuned for more details!
Find the Great Camp Adventure Walk for SickKids on Facebook and Twitter and join me and my family on September 27, 2014 as we join in the fun to raise money for SickKids! Let me know if you’ll be there and we can walk together.
This post was brought to you by The SickKids Foundation, however the opinions and images are my own. For more information please visit www.walkforsickkids.ca.