In the past three years, Wonderland Cares has raised over $300,000 for SickKids Foundation!
Canada's Wonderland is known for its iconic Wonder Mountain and Victoria Falls. But for 2017, we added a few ducks to our pond as an initiative to raise awareness and funds to benefit the research and care of those at The Hospital for Sick Children, one duck at a time.
From August 1 - 31, 2017, guests were able to make an impact in the caring of children at The Hospital for Sick Children by purchasing a Rubber Duck and tossing it into the Park's Royal Fountain on International Street. On Thursday, August 31st, 2017, the first lucky duck selected from the Royal Fountain drove away the winner of the Grand Prize: a 2017 Nissan Micra, courtesy of Maple Nissan! The second lucky duck selected drove away the winner of the Second Prize: a two year lease of a 2018 Toyota C-HR, courtesy of Maple Toyota! Additionally for 2017, we had a Third Prize for the third lucky duck selected: five 2018 Season Passes to Canada's Wonderland!
Rubber Ducks in support of SickKids Foundation were $5 for one and $20 for five. All proceeds from Rubber Duck sales will be donated to SickKids Foundation.
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.
2017 Nissan Micra
Grand Prize Winner: 12063
Two Year Lease of a 2018 Toyota C-HR
Second Prize Winner: 23590
Five 2018 Canada's Wonderland Season Passes
Third Prize Winner: 28435
Meet Our Hero: Anisa
Condition: Larsen Syndrome
Anisa was born four weeks premature on September 20, 2004. She had a dislocated left hip and knee, subluxed right hip and knee, cleft palate, tilted neck, flat face, a flat nose and irregular size toes. She was immediately sent to SickKids where she was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition, Larsen Syndrome.
Throughout Anisa’s life, her parents, Moe and Arlene, have watched her use a rolling cart, walkers, wheelchairs, casts and leg braces to help her walk. They have supported her for every step she has had trouble taking throughout her life. Moe has accompanied her to every clinic visit, surgery and operation. He has watched her undergo more than 10 operations at SickKids including two to straighten her neck, two to correct her cleft palate and one to correct her dislocated knee and hip amongst others.
Watching Anisa walk out of the hospital without her leg braces for the first time was a milestone for Moe, too. He saw Anisa’s face light up, overjoyed.
Anisa’s response to a short life full of doctor appointments, operations and life threatening health challenges? “Never give up.” In fact, she feels lucky to have Larsen syndrome because it has made her a better and stronger person.
Meet Our Hero: Dorothy
Child’s condition: Tetrology of the Fallot, congenital heart defect
Dorothy can’t remember her first experience at SickKids, but the scar on her chest caused her to ask questions and find out.
From Dorothy’s first visit to SickKids at two days old and for the next 178 days, she was monitored by doctors. She was under observation for two congenital heart defects. Her doctors knew from the time Dorothy was born that she would eventually need open-heart surgery to survive.
Dorothy underwent surgery to treat her underdeveloped heart. With Tetralogy of Fallot, a hole in the lower chambers of the heart allows oxygenated blood to mix with deoxygenated blood so the body receives less oxygen than normal.
Dorothy’s open-heart surgery was successful and she was able to return home 2 ½ weeks later.
She had a minor complication causing her to rely on a G-tube for two months, but has otherwise been healthy. In fact, she no longer requires follow up with SickKids at all. Her appointments are now entirely with her cardiologist closer to home. Now, Dorothy wants to help children in need and says she will always fundraise for SickKids as she grows up.
“She is so active and energetic; you would never know she had a major heart surgery.”
Meet Our Hero: Ava
Condition: Short Gut Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis
Ava was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) at 30 weeks gestation, a genetic condition affecting the lungs and digestive system. Ava’s bowel ruptured in utero, which is common amongst babies with CF. Only hours after birth, Ava was rushed to SickKids, where she spent the next 230 days. At 10 hours old, Ava underwent her first surgery – an attempt to repair her ruptured bowels. They were so severely damaged that quite a large portion was removed. After a second surgery to reconnect her bowels, Ava was diagnosed with short bowel syndrome.
In 2015, she underwent yet another surgery to extend her dilated bowels. After three hours of an intended six hour surgery, Ava’s doctor told her parents that Ava’s bowel had successfully grown, leaving her with a less severe form of short bowel syndrome. As a result, Ava wouldn’t live with many of the restrictions and food sensitivities many children with short bowel syndrome do. But other obstacles would come her way.
As a child living with CF, Ava does two sessions of chest physiotherapy, and one nebulizer treatment on a daily basis. When she’s sick these treatments can double or triple. She also takes a series of daily medications, both orally and through her G-tube.
Ava was strong enough to go home for the first time on June 18, 2015. She comes to SickKids every three to six months for checkups.
Meet Our Hero: Andrew
Andrew is an elite athlete whose passion is soccer. In December 2014 he was on the verge of taking his passion to the next level by trying out for the provincial soccer team. During the try out he was tackled and he went down hard. Coaches ran to his aid, but Andrew was in so much pain he was unable to stand.
Andrew was transported to his local hospital, and X-rays showed that he had suffered a fracture in his left femur. However, the Emergency Room doctor had serious concerns about the way in which the bone fractured, and Andrew was transferred to the SickKids Emergency Department. After an MRI, CT, and bone scan, a tumour was found in Andrew’s left femur. A diagnosis of osteosarcoma was made.
At SickKids, Andrew underwent multiple rounds of chemotherapy, and a 12-hour surgery where he received a full knee replacement, and a metal rod in his femur. He may require additional surgery in the future.
Today, Andrew has completed his chemotherapy regimen, and he continues to regain his physical strength. Due to the nature of Andrew’s prosthesis, he will no longer be able to play high level soccer. However, he would like to start working towards getting his coaching license and refereeing certificate, as soccer is still very much his passion. He also enjoys drawing, playing video games, working out at the track and has recently developed an interest in photography.