In 2010 the Garron Family donated an unprecedented $30 million to SickKids to revolutionize the care and treatment of children's cancer in Canada and around the world. The donation established the Garron Family Cancer Centre at SickKids and created four Garron Family Chairs in Childhood Cancer Research.
"Our son was treated for cancer at Sick Kids for many years and we will never forget the dedication and level of care he received," the Garrons said in a statement. "We are confident this gift will help create more positive outcomes for cancer patients and their families."
The Garron Family Cancer Centre (GFCC) at SickKids is an innovative and collaborative initiative that brings together scientists, clinicians and educators from across the hospital to advance treatment of paediatric cancer. Approaching care in an integrated way offers the most promise to improving the overall health of children with cancer.
Each year, approximately 1,400 children are diagnosed with cancer in Canada. A quarter of these children will come to SickKids, making it Canada's largest paediatric oncology centre. The size and complexity of our patient population, together with specialized expertise in areas such as, bone marrow transplantation, new drug trials and targeted therapies, uniquely position the GFCC as a centre of excellence in paediatric cancer research.
Discoveries being made at SickKids are poised to dramatically improve outcomes for children and families affected by cancer. SickKids provides a comprehensive range of options for young patients requiring the most critical cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. We are also the only children's hospital in Ontario that provides bone marrow transplantation services, performing over 100 transplants in the past year.