The Hospital for Sick Children
SickKids Hospital is recognized as one of the world’s foremost pediatric health-care institutions and is Canada’s leading centre dedicated to advancing children’s health through the integration of patient care, research and education.
Making a huge difference for kids everywhere
SickKids is powered by a dedicated and generous community of staff, donors and volunteers who are making a profound difference in the lives of our patients across Canada and around the world. SickKids Hospital admits a new paitient every 10 minutes and resuscitates a dying child every 16 hours. The SickKids family includes:
- More than 100,000 patients each year
- More than 8,400 staff including 2,379 researchers
- 140 dedicated SickKids Foundation fundraisers & support staff
- More than 1,500 hospital volunteers
A global leader in pediatric health
Since its founding in 1954, the Research Institute at SickKids has become the largest child health research institute in Canada – a centre for excellence and innovation that places it on the world stage of health-care expertise. Determined in their pursuit of new discoveries, SickKids’ scientists from around the globe are constantly finding new and better ways to prevent disease, develop cures and improve the lives of children.
Breaking important new ground in autism research
An area of research at the Centre for Genetic Medicine of particular significance to our pilots is Autism Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger’s syndrome). ASD is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behaviours. Today, 1 child in 88 has autism, no two are affected quite the same way, and there are no known causes or cures for it. Dave’s two grandsons, Wiley and Finn, are Aspergers Kids.
Where the funds will go
RTW80 aspires to raise awareness and funds to improve the lives of those affected by ASD. All funds will be directed to Dr. Stephen Scherer’s Autism Research Group at SickKids. Dr. Scherer, a senior scientist in Genetics & Genome Biology at SickKids, and the Director of the Centre for Applied Genomics, is widely considered one of the most prolific scientists in his field. His group has discovered numerous disease susceptibility genes and most recently has defined a handful of genetic factors underlying autism.