Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto is known for being the first. The hospital is where the gene for Cystic fibrosis (also known as CF or mucoviscidosis) was discovered, pablum was first made and more. Every day children benefit from the discoveries and breakthroughs that the hospital's researchers bring forth. Today the hospital is making history with the largest private donation to a children's hospital in Canada.
The gift is the largest single private donation ever given to a children's hospital in Canada. The funds will help to support the SickKids Centre for Research and Learning.
Opening next year the SickKids Centre for Research and Learning will allow for 2,000 researchers, trainees and staff to work under one roof with a common goal; curing sick children in Toronto and beyond.
Gilgan knows children. He's the proud father of eight and grandpa to four. Luckily his children never needed Sick Kid's and according to him that's one of the most important reasons to share his wealth.
This isn't the first time Gilgan's wallet has come out for Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. From 2005-2008 Gilgan was the man behind the Tour de Bleu raising almost a million dollars for the Pain Management program at the hospital. He and his employees raised another $500,000 for Marnie's Lounge. Marnie's is a special place for the kids in hospital where they can escape for a while and just be a kid instead of being a sick kid.
Today's donation is a game-changer for SickKids. In 2010 the hospital launched a $200 million fundraising campaign as it broke ground for the new research centre. At this time $150 has been contributed by the federal and provincial governments. The hospital has also received $105 million, including the generous gift from Mr. Gilgan, from individuals, corporations and foundations. The man behind the campaign is TD Canada Trust President Tim Hockey who serves as volunteer Campaign Cabinet Chair.