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July 12, 2012

Horses and acrobats bring arts and fantasy to patients at SickKids

By Daniella Vasilovsky

Cavalia performer

On July 11, it was all smiles and fun for patients, families and staff at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), as they gathered around the University Avenue lawn to enjoy the circus performance of magnificent horses and dazzling acrobats from Cavalia’s Odysseo. The beautiful and elegant horses performed intricate dance-like steps, while performers presented incredible jumps, stunts, acrobatics and drumming.

“This event brought light to many of our patients,” said Susie Petro, Child Life Specialist, Child and Family-Centred Care Programming and Events.  “It was a great opportunity for them to enjoy an exciting acrobatic and equestrian demonstration without leaving hospital grounds.”

SickKids patient, Mayuri Prathaban, said she was thankful for the opportunity to attend the show. “I thought the horses’ dance steps and the human acrobats were really neat and I enjoyed listening to the beat of the music.”

SickKids President and CEO, Mary Jo Haddad, greeted the crowd and offered her appreciation to the performers and Cavalia team. “Thank you for bringing levity to our world and joy to the children at SickKids,” she said.

Cavalia will help support the Herbie Fund in its mission to provide financial assistance for children from around the world to receive specialized medical and surgical assistance in Toronto – treatment that is not available to them in their home country. One dollar from each Cavalia ticket sold through July 18 will be donated to the Herbie Fund.

“We are so grateful to Cavalia for putting on this special event at SickKids and for their support of the Herbie Fund,” said Vicky Milner, Events, SickKids Foundation. “To date, Cavalia has raised over $40,000 for The Herbie Fund. All funds raised from the partnership will help children from around the world receive life-saving medical care at SickKids.”

See the performance video