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November 19, 2010

David Foster visits SickKids

This morning, SickKids transplant patients and their families enjoyed a rare opportunity to meet David Foster, world-renowned songwriter and producer. The music icon visited SickKids with board members from the David Foster Foundation, which provides financial support to help cover the non-medical expenses of hundreds of Canadian families in need of organ transplants.  

They were warmly greeted in the Rotunda by Margaret Keatings, Chief of Interprofessional Practice and Chief Nursing Executive; Ted Garrard, President and CEO of SickKids Foundation; SickKids Transplant Program staff members, as well as some patients and families the foundation has helped.  During the visit, Foster and his team took the time to get to know some of the patients and families who have directly benefited from his foundation’s generosity.    

David Foster visits with a SickKids patient
David Foster visits with a SickKids patient during his visit on Friday, November 19.

After the lively gathering, Foster and his team were given a tour of the Critical Care Unit and The Cardiac Diagnostic and Interventional Unit.  The tour was led by Dr. Anne Dipchand, Head of the Heart Transplant Program, Staff Cardiologist and Associate Director of the SickKids Transplant Program, who is also a board member of the David Foster Foundation.

“I am touched by how the families are so appreciative of the care their children receive here,” said Dipchand. “Today was not only an opportunity for the DFF board to meet the patients, it gave them a chance to really understand and see the impact SickKids makes on these families.”

Foster and his team were in Toronto to host a fundraiser in support of the Foundation. In addition to helping families with non-medical expenses, the David Foster Foundation strives to increase organ donor registration through public awareness campaigns.

The Foundation was established in 1986, after Foster received a phone call from his mother Eleanor asking if he would visit a family from his hometown of Victoria, whose young daughter was at UCLA Medical Centre waiting for a liver transplant. The girl was in the intensive care unit and her one wish was to be able to see her sister who was at home in Victoria. Foster paid for the young girl’s flight and took action to learn more about the circumstances of transplant patients.

He discovered that while medical costs were looked after by the provincial health care system, non-medical expenses were left to the family. It was then that he decided to form the David Foster Foundation so that the financial stress of non-medical expenses on families could be reduced.

The David Foster Foundation has assisted more than 500 families with children in need of major organ transplants and has provided millions of dollars in direct family support. In 2006, the foundation became a national organization, expanding to help families across Canada.

Read more.  www.davidfosterfoundation.org/ourfoundation