We are once again launching the 4th Annual Charity Duck Drive to raise awareness and funds in support of SickKids in Toronto, one duck at a time. In the past three years, this charity event has raised over $200,000 for SickKids!
From August 1 - 30, 2018, guests can make an impact in the caring of children at SickKids by purchasing a Rubber Duck and tossing it into the Park's Royal Fountain on International Street. On Thursday, August 30, 2018, the first lucky duck selected from the Royal Fountain will drive away the winner of the Grand Prize: a three year lease of a 2018 Mazda CX-5, courtesy of Maple Mazda! Additionally, we will have a Second Prize for the second lucky duck selected: five 2019 Season Passes to Canada's Wonderland!
Rubber Ducks in support of SickKids Foundation will be $5 for one and $20 for five. Net proceeds from Rubber Duck sales support SickKids in Toronto, ON.
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is a health-care community dedicated to improving the health of children. Their mission is to provide the best in family-centred, compassionate care, to lead in scientific and clinical advancement, and to prepare the next generation of leaders in child health.
Charity Duck Drive Ducks
Purchase Rubber Ducks in support of SickKids Foundation and be entered for the chance to win the Grand Prize of a three year lease of a 2018 Mazda CX-5, or the Second Prize of five 2019 Canada's Wonderland Season Passes!
Each Rubber Duck is valid for one chance to win. Proceeds from Rubber Duck sales benefit The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, ON. Vehicle prizes courtesy of Maple Auto Mall.
Three year lease of a 2018 Mazda CX-5,
courtesy of Maple Mazda
Five 2019 Canada's Wonderland Season Passes
Condition: Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Birthday: October 2, 2008
Friendly, energetic and jumping (or flipping) for joy is what comes to mind when you think of Lacey. However, after her mother Tanya noticed Lacey wasn’t her usual energetic self and found a lump on the side of her neck, Lacey’s family spent months searching for a diagnosis. They ended up in the Emergency Department at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Further testing revealed a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. Lacey began chemotherapy in March 2015, resulting in many overnight stays at the hospital. But even while she was nauseous and tired, she would find the energy to participate in activities happening around the hospital. She especially enjoyed playing with the volunteers and making music videos on their iPads. In June 2015 she completed her fourth and final round of chemotherapy. As soon as she was well enough Lacey went back to gymnastics and started competing again, winning 3 medals in 2017. This past June marked 3 years in remission. Lacey is eager to give back to the hospital that gave her the gift of health and hopes to use her experience to make a positive impact on the lives of other children.
Condition: Global Developmental Delay/ Cerebral Palsy
Birthday: January 31, 2014
Noah started having seizures shortly after birth. The nurses at the hospital contacted The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) transport team to pick him up and bring him to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at SickKids. Upon arrival, he was placed in a medically-induced coma and hooked up to several pieces of monitoring equipment. The SickKids NICU was Noah's home for the first six weeks of his life. Those weeks were filled with ups and downs. His parents, Zoobia and Farooq were given overwhelming information and a dizzying number of diagnoses. They were told that he may have suffered irreversible brain damage. Noah, however, had different ideas and with further assessments over the coming weeks, his seizures stopped and he was gradually taken off of the monitoring equipment. Noah went home but the seizures began again in August 2016 and he was once again placed on anti-seizure medication. The SickKids neurology, neuro-ophthalmology, and haematology departments continue to monitor Noah. Noah's family describes him as being very happy and loving and adores his older brother, Zakariyah.
Condition: Gastroschisis & short gut syndrome, liver transplant recipient
Birthday: March 27, 2005
Before birth, doctors in Halifax diagnosed Kaleigh with gastroschisis, a disorder in which there is a defect in the abdominal wall. This causes the intestines to protrude outside of the body. She underwent surgery to have over half of her intestine removed. With her bowel found to be severely damaged, inflamed and incapable of absorbing essential nutrients, Kaleigh had“Short Bowel Syndrome” and was transferred from Halifax to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) at four-months-old. She initially came under the care of SickKid’s G.I.F.T. (Group for the Improvement of Intestinal Function and Treatment ) program – a team of specialists dedicated to helping children with intestinal failure. GIFT is the only formal intestinal rehabilitation program in Canada. Kaleigh relied on Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) for survival but overtime deteriorated Kaleigh’s liver. In December 2005 she underwent a 16-hour liver transplant. Over the years, her liver function deteriorated further and in July 2013 she received a second liver transplant. The operations resulted in prolonged stays in the Critical Care Unit and organ transplant ward. Since then Kaleigh and her family have worked closely with the GIFT and Liver Transplant Team to manage her liver and while she still receives partial TPN she is now able to get some nutrients by eating food. Kaleigh’s story exemplifies the best of multi-disciplinary care and the family-centred approach at SickKids. Her family is known throughout the hospital and they consider the staff to be a part of their Toronto family.
Birthday: September 24, 2012
In January 2014, at just 12-months-old, Sean was accidently burnt when he pulled a pot of boiling oil off a tabletop nearby. His parents rushed him to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) where he underwent surgery to repair third-degree burn damage to his neck and upper chest. Since the incident, Sean has received two laser treatments to treat the scars. Today Sean is a smart, outgoing and strong five year old. He spends his time riding his bike with friends, reading and playing with his toy trains. While Sean’s incident was both terrifying and painful for his parents, they found incredible compassion from the staff at SickKids. Living in Toronto, the Liu’s felt blessed to have one of the world’s top paediatric hospitals in their backyard.