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April 18, 2005

“Have a Heart for SickKids” Radiothon raises a world record-setting $3.2 million

TORONTO – The community showed its overwhelming support for Sick Kids by donating a record amount of $3,218,656 during the “Have a Heart for Sick Kids Radiothon” broadcast on sister stations Newstalk 1010 CFRB, 97.3 EZ Rock and Mix 99.9 of Standard Radio, presented by Foresters.

“The listeners of CFRB, Mix 99.9 and EZ Rock heard the compelling and emotional stories of Sick Kids told by our patients, families and staff,” says Michael O'Mahoney, President of Sick Kids Foundation. “With the help of Gary Slaight and Standard Radio, the people of Toronto were able to show not only their generous support but their dedication to Sick Kids.”

The money raised through the Radiothon will go to the highest priority needs at Sick Kids hospital and research institute.

“It means so much to us that the community has shown its tremendous support of Sick Kids,” said O'Mahoney. “Although this is a record amount it is still just a small portion of the money we need to raise each year to ensure that Sick Kids is able to continue to operate as a world leader in child health.”

The Hospital for Sick Children (affectionately known as Sick Kids) is consistently rated as one of the top four paediatric health sciences centres worldwide. Scientific discoveries at Sick Kids have transformed the lives of children everywhere, and include the invention of Pablum in 1930, the surgical repair of the congenital heart defect in “blue babies” in 1963, the discovery of the defective gene which is responsible for cystic fibrosis in 1989, and the recent mapping of chromosome 7, making it the most comprehensive description of any human chromosome.

The presenting sponsor of the “Have a Heart for Sick Kids” Radiothon is Foresters. A financial services organization inspired by helping children, Foresters™ offers products, such as life insurance and annuities. For more than 125 years, Foresters has operated on the principle that the growth and prosperity of individual families is linked to the communities in which they live. Foresters invests time, money and resources to raise funds and strengthen non-profit children's organizations, such as Children's Miracle Network and Prevent Child Abuse America, while Foresters members and staff volunteer locally. www.foresters.biz

Sick Kids Foundation is the largest non-governmental granting agency in child health in Canada . Established in 1972, Sick Kids Foundation has granted over $300 million to The Hospital for Sick Children and over $60 million to researchers across the country. Our mission is to inspire our communities to invest in medical and scientific advances to improve the lives of children and their families in Canada and around the world. Our vision: Healthier children. A better world.

For more information, please contact:

Public Affairs
The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue
Suite 1742, Public Affairs, First floor Atrium
Toronto, ON
M5G 1X8
Phone: 416-813-5058
Fax: 416-813-5328