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New CHEO Telethon record will help patients live their best life!

Ottawa, ON – June 10, 2018 – After a two-week online CHEO Telethon campaign which included innovative tweaks to  the CHEO Telethon broadcast on CTV, the CHEO Foundation was thrilled to announce another record-breaking total for the children and youth who rely on CHEO. The final total of $10,648,449 proved once again that the health of our children and youth is a top priority for the people in the National Capital Region and beyond. This massive outpouring of support will help CHEO’s doctors, nurses, researchers and staff to continue providing the outstanding family-centered care our children need and so richly deserve.

Over the past two weeks people have been encouraged to where they could watch nine touching videos that featured families sharing their CHEO experiences. Thanks to our generous corporate community all online donations were doubled and donors were thrilled to know their gift would go twice as far for CHEO’s kids. 

CHEO Foundation President and CEO, Kevin Keohane, was thankful to everyone who helped make the 2018 CHEO Telethon a success. “Having brave patient families willing to share their personal stories online and on television is something that we appreciate very much. And when the community responds to these stories by donating their hard earned money it is truly heartwarming and humbling. Without their support the staff at CHEO could not continue to provide the world-class healthcare for the children and youth of our region and we want to let every donor, every sponsor and every volunteer know how incredibly thankful we are for their continued support.” 

The annual campaign promoting the CHEO Telethon offers the public a chance to see CHEO through the eyes of patient families and meet some of the doctors, nurses and staff who dedicate their lives to making sure every child lives their best life. It also demonstrates the massive impact donations have on patient care and allows the CHEO Foundation to recognize some of the countless supporters, volunteers and major contributors who support the great work done at CHEO.  

The final dollar amount announced includes money presented to the CHEO Foundation from special fundraising events and activities conducted throughout the year, contributions made online during the CHEO Telethon campaign and phone donations made by viewers during the CHEO Telethon televised broadcast.

Proceeds will help CHEO support the development and rehabilitation program, purchase specialized medical equipment, make much needed renovations to infrastructure, and conduct life-saving research in areas such as cancer, youth mental health and childhood obesity. Telethon funds will also help us improve the kid-friendly nature of the hospital by purchasing games, toys and crafts to make a patient’s time at CHEO as comfortable as possible.

For more information contact:

Len Hanes 

CHEO Foundation

Director of Communications

Work: 613-737-2784 | Cell: 613-447-2741

2017 Annual Report

2017 was a remarkable year in which people throughout our community once again demonstrated their passion and generosity toward CHEOOCTC in a wide variety of ways. The common thread woven through all these different forms of support is a deep-rooted love for children and an unwavering commitment from individuals, groups and businesses alike to help each child in our community to be their healthiest and for each child to reach their full potential. And while 2017 was a record-breaking year from a fundraising standpoint, it was also a year in which a record number of children, youth and their parents turned to CHEO-OCTC for
help. Thanks to you we were able to be here for them and that is why we are calling this year’s annual report our Gratitude Report.

In the Annual Report:


Read the Annual Report

8th annual Hair Donation Ottawa raises over $95,000

The CHEO Foundation would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all of the awe-inspiring Hair Donation Ottawa 2018 participants who braved the weather and turned out for the 8th annual event on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Thanks to your commitment and dedication, the day was a rousing success! So far, over $95,000 has been raised to support cancer research in part at CHEO – and funds continue to come in.

There are a lot of people to recognize including the hair donors and head shavers who made such a solid commitment to the cause and then went to their friends, family and networks to raise money. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the hairstylists who donated their time and talent to the event and ensured our participants walked away looking and feeling their best. We are grateful as well for the faculty and staff team at Algonquin College Salon, Spa & Boutique for providing the perfect venue to make this magic happen. We would also like to thank the corporate sponsors for their continued support. Kudos also needs to go to the many volunteers who spent their Saturday setting things up to go so smoothly on event day.

To Helene Hutchings and the organizers of Hair Donation Ottawa and all of the parties involved, we offer both congratulations on another successful event and humble thanks for all you do to fund cancer research in Ottawa that can have an impact both here at home and around the world.

Camp Banting 2018

Camp Banting is Canada’s longest running camp for children living with type I diabetes. In 2018, we’ll welcome 56 children to join our camp family under the August sun. 2018 marks a major milestone for Camp Banting as it continues under its own sails as an independent camp for children living with type 1 diabetes. Camp Banting will continue with its existing medical leadership and volunteers intact; sourced from long-attending alumni. Camp Banting connects children with type 1 diabetes with other children and youth in their community who are living with the same diagnosis. Camp Banting creates a community of support where campers don’t feel the need to hide or explain their diabetes; they are free to play and grow as children, learning confidence and diabetes management in an organic way. Camp Banting also provides a community of support for parents and guardians of children living with diabetes. This localized community allows families going through similar experiences to support, grow, and learn from each other. Almost all of the Camp Banting counsellors live with diabetes, and were campers themselves. Their leadership reinforces our community and culture.

Camp Banting is now responsible for obtaining its own sponsorship and donations. Funds received through the CHEO Foundation go directly to helping Camp Banting’s diabetes camp program in Eastern Ontario. We use these donations to support children who otherwise couldn’t go to camp, and to create and implement a safe and positive camping experience for children living with type 1 diabetes. Please consider donating to help further our cause, and help to empower a child living with type 1 diabetes.

LCBO’s Giving Back In Our Community campaign raises record donations for CHEO

03/23/18 Ottawa – The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation is pleased to announce that $5.8 million was raised to support  children’s health programs during LCBO’s December 2017 Giving Back In Our Community fundraising campaign. $600,000 of that total will enable CHEO to replace its aging heart-lung machine which plays such an important role in providing the best possible care to our patients. On average CHEO’s cardiac team will perform two to three open heart surgeries per week. These surgeries could not take place without this vital piece of equipment. Funds will also support ground-breaking research being done at the CHEO Research Institute on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. .

During the 2017 Giving Back In Our Community Campaign, LCBO staff invited customers to add a $2, $5 or $10 donation to their purchase. Donation boxes were also available at LCBO check-out counters.

“LCBO’s Giving Back In Our Community Campaign is once again making a difference in the lives of the children, youth and families that need CHEO,” said Kevin Keohane, President and CEO of the CHEO Foundation. “We want to thank everyone at the LCBO and their customers for believing in and supporting the work being done at our children’s hospital.”

“Behind every dollar that made up this year’s record-breaking Giving Back in Our Community fundraising results, stand our dedicated retail staff and our generous customers. Whether through funding lifesaving equipment and technology, support research, or substance abuse training, we are incredibly proud to help make a difference in the lives of the children and families who rely on the important services provided by CHEO,” said George Soleas, President and CEO, LCBO.


Len Hanes

CHEO Foundation, Director of Communications

Tel: (613) 737-2784 E:

Amy Waters

Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, LCBO

T: (416) 864-6383  E:

#ChooseCHEO this Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend!

#ChooseCHEO and fundraise when you participate in Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 

Make every stride count for the kids and families that need CHEO.  You can support the world class care and life-saving research that helps CHEO handle over 6,700 admissions, 7,800 surgeries and 240,000 patient visits every year. Choose to make a difference. Choose your race and then #ChooseCHEO!

To sweeten the deal for runners inspired to #ChooseCHEO, WestJet is adding an incentive: for every $250 raised to help the kids at CHEO, your name goes into the draw for a pair of tickets to fly to any WestJet destination! The more money you raise, the better your chance to win. (Names will be automatically entered electronically by the CHEO Foundation. Open to participants age 18 or older.)

Prize subject to change.

Canadian Champions Visit Ottawa

Children’s Miracle Network Champions Program Presented by Walmart Canada

Canadian Champions Visit Ottawa

-For Immediate Release-

March 1, 2018, Ottawa – On Monday, March 5, the Nation’s Capital will play host to an outstanding group of young ambassadors, the Children’s Miracle Network Champions presented by Walmart Canada. The Champions program is designed to educate communities on the life-saving work being done at member hospitals and the role Children’s Miracle Network plays in supporting that work.

Each year, Children’s Miracle Network hospitals identify a remarkable child to serve as their Champion. As ambassadors, these 13 Champions represent the more than two million children and youth treated by Canadian pediatric hospitals each year. Their stories showcase the incredible advances being made in children’s health care in our country, and applaud the courage and resilience of these Champions and their families in overcoming an illness or injury.

Once again, the Canadian Champions will travel to Ottawa to celebrate not only these young ambassadors, but also the vital role our country’s pediatric hospitals play in improving the lives of our children from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Following the Ottawa visit, the Canadian Champions will join a group of U.S. Champions in Orlando, Florida for Children’s Hospital Week 2018.

The Canadian Champions begin arriving in Ottawa on Saturday, March 3 and have a full roster of special activities before they leave for Florida Tuesday morning.

We invite our friends in the media to join us for one, or all, of the following activities on Monday, March 5:

8 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Walmart Welcome Party and shopping spree at Walmart Baseline store, 1375 Baseline Road


10:30 a.m. to noon: Parliament Hill tour

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.:

Children’s Miracle Network Champion Farewell Dinner  at Ottawa Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent Street

The CHEO Foundation can assist in organizing photo opportunities and interviews with these amazing kids, their families and Children’s Miracle Network representatives.

CHEO’s very own Champion Morgan MacIntyre will be front and centre with the other Children’s Miracle Network Champions during the visit. Morgan has been a CHEO patient since she was 13 months old after being diagnosed with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), a rare genetic disorder that impacts her immune system. Now 17, Morgan still requires regular treatments and has recently been diagnosed with epilepsy and bilateral Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. In the face of these challenges, Morgan has grown up to be an exceptional young woman who is active in the farming community, loves helping her family raise Simmental and Angus cows and is looking forward to attending university.

Morgan looks just like any healthy teenager, but with her compromised immune system it takes her much longer to recover from an illness. Even a cold or slight fever can become serious. Morgan’s spirit and strength will shine as she represents CHEO at special events throughout the coming year.

The Children’s Miracle Network Champions Program presented by Walmart is a celebration of pediatric health care across the continent. Each Champion brings their own special story of courage and strength that is just one of thousands from their home town, their province and their country. We look forward to giving them a warm Ottawa welcome, and ensuring their visit is a memorable one as they embark on the experience of a lifetime during their year as Champions!

For more information please contact:

Len Hanes

Director of Communications

CHEO Foundation

Office: (613) 737-2784

Mobile: (613) 447-2741

Ski For Kids – a day on the slopes for CHEO’s kids

The 28th annual Ski for Kids event took place on Friday, February 16 at Mont Ste-Marie and was a resounding success. The team skiing event was sold out as 200 participants took part in a beautiful day of competitive skiing and fun. When all of the festivities came to an end an amazing total of $454,500 was raised in part for the children and youth at CHEO.  We want to thank the event organizers and volunteers for their dedication to the health of our kids, and to the title sponsor Sporting Life along with all the many other sponsors for their support of this annual winter tradition.

CHEO, Royal partnership holds line on lower wait times as demand increases for mental health care

Wait times for child and youth mental health care have dropped by 73% at CHEO and 91% at The Royal compared to 2014/15 waits, according to the Young Minds Partnership Annual Report Card released today. This dramatic improvement comes despite increased demand — referrals are up 25% at CHEO and 73% at The Royal — and frozen provincial funding for outpatient services.

See the full Young Minds Partnership Annual Report Card 2016/17

In 2015/16, the Young Minds Partnership (YMP) started a new mental health-care delivery system called the Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA). The CAPA model puts patients and families at the centre of care, empowering them to choose the right clinicians and care plans based on individual strengths and goals.

The YMP has also been working to extend care beyond the walls of CHEO and The Royal and address the increasingly complex mental health challenges young people face today.

CHEO’s Project ECHO is providing training in delivering child and youth mental health treatment in primary care practices across Ontario. Head to Toe at CHEO is a pilot project to screen for suicidal thoughts in every youth (12 and older) who is admitted to the hospital for any reason. This program will catch thoughts of self-harm early and help youth before problems reach a crisis level.

Psychiatrists at The Royal are bringing help closer to home for transitional aged youth through a new telemedicine clinic. The Royal has also created a day program to support youth who have experienced psychosis – the group program provides ongoing medical and social support that helps youth achieve and maintain recovery.

The YMP has a five-year strategic plan, born out of a growing demand for improved mental health services for Ontario’s children and youth. Over 800 mental health professionals, physicians, community groups, researchers, children, youth and families were consulted in developing the YMP Strategic Plan 2015-2020.

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For further information, please contact:

Paddy Moore
Strategic Communications Advisor
m. 613-769-5553

Karen Monaghan
Communications Manager
The Royal
m. 613-868-3740


The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario – Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (CHEO –OCTC) is the leading provider of specialized pediatric health services in Canada’s capital. CHEO’s programs help over 500,000 children and youth each year in Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, Nunavut and parts of Northern Ontario. As a world-class research centre and teaching hospital, for over 40 years CHEO has changed young lives in our community, while our innovations change young lives around the world. For more than 65 years, OCTC has been providing specialized care for children and youth with disabilities, including cerebral palsy, complex needs associated with congenital conditions, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorders and brain injury. The two previously separate organizations recently joined forces to become one organization, stronger together for kids and families.

About The Royal

The Royal is one of Canada’s foremost mental health care, teaching and research hospitals. Its mandate is simple: to help more people living with mental illness into recovery faster. The Royal combines the delivery of specialized mental health care, advocacy, research and education to transform the lives of people with complex and treatment-resistant mental illness. The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research is affiliated with the University of Ottawa. The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health raises funds that support The Royal’s work. The Royal places a sharp focus on awareness building through the You Know Who I Am campaign and public education initiatives like Conversations at The Royal and Is It Just Me? Conversations about Youth Mental Health. For more information, please visit

Psychiatrists at The Royal are bringing help closer to home for transitional aged youth through a new telemedicine clinic. The Royal has also created a day program to support youth who have experienced psychosis — the group program provides ongoing medical and social support that helps youth achieve and maintain recovery.