In 1998 we formed the Smiles of Innocence Memorial Charity, in support of SickKids Foundation, in memory of a precious little boy named Daniel Povegliano. Daniel was just one of the many children forced to deal with pain and suffering every day of his short life. Daniel lived to the age of 4 (1992-1996).
In a relatively short time, the Smiles of Innocence Memorial Charity has grown and become one of the leading community based fundraising groups for SickKids Foundation. With your help we have raised in excess of 4 million dollars. These funds have helped in many areas of the hospital to help better the lives of children everywhere. In the past we have purchased special cardiac monitors, Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Incubators and have provided funds to staff a clinical fellow. These are just a few of the very important, expensive and vital necessities needed to help the children the hospital serves. Funds have also been invested in research. Through medical and scientific advances the hospital continues to improve the lives of children and their families in Canada and around the world.
None of this would have been possible without the dedication and support of our sponsors, community partners, annual donors, committee members and volunteers. In future, this will not be possible without your continued support. The Smiles of Innocence Memorial Charity and The Hospital for Sick Children desperately need you now.
Diseases that a hundred years ago were fatal can now be combated by vaccines, antibiotics, or good nutrition. Thirty years ago diseases like cancer and cystic fibrosis denied affected children the chance of growing to adulthood. Now most survive. Ten years ago the measure of success was in fact whether a child survived. Today success is measured by the quality of the cure – mere survival is no longer enough. And in the future? It’s up to us!