Unleashing your inner super hero in aid of children’s rehabilitation hospital

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Who doesn’t love unleashing their inner superhero every now and again? Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, the largest rehabilitation hospital in Canada for children and youth with disabilities and complex medical needs in Toronto, offers you the chance with the Capes for Kids initiative.

Currently in its third consecutive year, Capes for Kids is an annual fundraiser supporting the upkeep of the hospital, as well as the purchasing of new technology to provide the best possible services to children, youth and their families. This event sees a variety of fun and interactive ways to raise funds by participating in events hosted at the rehabilitation centre as well as in the Toronto community.

Holland Bloorview is a rehabilitation centre that specializes in providing pediatric services and seeks to provide a world of possibilities for children and youth that live with disabilities, medical complexities, illness and injury. Holland Bloorview acts on their mission of “creating the most meaningful and healthy futures for all children, youth and families”.

By providing services and health care based on their mission, children and youth with disabilities are encouraged to be themselves through everyday life and to not conform to the labels that society gives them based on their disabilities.

Holland Bloorview was established in 1899 by a group of women who desired to have a facility for children with disabilities and chronic illnesses. The first establishment opened on Avenue Road in Toronto. Throughout generations, this rehabilitation hospital has seen significant changes in their locations and names, but the service of care has remained consistent.

Courage and resilience, compassion, excellence, equity and innovation are the six values that Holland Bloorview acts on in order to provide a world of possibilities for these children. By focusing on these values, the rehabilitation hospital is able to provide care for a variety of diagnosis that include; brain injury, cerebral palsy and developmental delay. In order to provide care for these diagnosis, but not limited to, children and youth are encouraged to take part in a variety of programming including; music, arts, fitness, science and technology.

Holland Bloorview is a founding member of Kids Health Alliance that strives to provide a consistent and coordinated pediatric health care approach that puts children, youth and families at the center. Cognitive and physical development are focused on during an individual’s stay at Holland Bloorview in order to ensure the best possible transition to adult services and within friendships.

From March 4 to 10, hundreds of individuals join together to unleash their inner superhero by raising money and wearing capes to celebrate reaching their fundraiser goal. This event is hosted in order to create a future where all kids feel included by shining a light on childhood disability. This year, Holland Bloorview has a fundraising goal of $605,000. The money raised from this event helps to support research and critical hospital programs and services such as the Bloorview Research Institute expansion, the Family Support Fund, Respite services, music therapy programs, the Spiral Garden outdoor art, garden and summer camp program and the Independence Program.

“The kids and families at Holland Bloorview are the real heroes, advocating for an inclusive world for children and youth with disabilities,” said Sandra Hawken, president and CEO of the Holland Bloorview Foundation. “Capes for Kids gives everyone the chance to publicly show their support for a world without stigma while fundraising for the programs and research that make Holland Bloorview so incredible. A huge thank you to everyone who is fundraising and to all the sponsors.”

Holland Bloorview hosts several small events for individuals to participate in, providing a variety of fundraising opportunities such as; LEGO Party at Holland Bloorview on Mar. 7, and a Capes for Kids activation at the Toronto Eaton Centre on Mar. 9.

Lena is the mother of Mia, a Capes for Kids Ambassador. She chooses to support Capes for Kids because of what they stand for. Lena continues to see growth and success, not only in Mia but in the Holland Bloorview Foundation.

“Over the last few years we have seen our daughter Mia achieve significant gains in her speaking ability and her self-confidence as a result of the support provided to her at Holland Bloorview,” said Lena.

“We participate in Capes for Kids because it raises money for the hospital to help it with its work including helping kids with disabilities to learn and find confidence through a range of therapies. Capes for Kids is also a fun event we can share with Mia and the Holland Bloorview community and as well as to raise awareness among the public for kids with disabilities.”

For more information with Capes for Kids and to participate visit capesforkids.ca or hollandbloorview.ca for more information on the rehabilitation hospital.

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