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Be a Champion for Child Life!

Your family can help us put LIFE into Child Life! We are raising $45,000 to purchase valuable resources for this life-enhancing program. Resources that are used each and every day to support our children and families when in Children’s Hospital.

Your Family Donation Could Help Purchase Items Like:

  • $50 - Board Games - Board games help distract patients while they wait for procedures. This is a fun way for families to relax during their stay at Children’s Hospital.

  • $100 - Medical Play Kits - Child Life Specialists use medical play to help children become more familiar with their hospital surroundings. It gives patients an opportunity to play with common medical items such as stethoscopes, bandages, gloves, masks, etc.

  • $250 - Child-Sized Medical Equipment - Pretend medical equipment gives patients a sense of mastery over medical procedures. Playing with these child-sized machines helps reduce anxiety and provides a level of comfort within the hospital environment.

  • $500 - Patient Puppets - Patient Puppets act as a play role model to demonstrate medical procedures to a child. Strategically placed openings in the puppet’s velour exterior reveal internal features like veins or bones.

  • $1,000 - iPads - Child Life Specialists may use iPads as a distraction technique. From games, to movies, to music, and beyond. There are many applications that can be used to help ease a child’s discomfort, offer relaxation or prepare a patient for procedures.

  • $2,500 - Snoezelen Equipment - Snoezelen Equipment uses music, lighting, gentle vibrations, and tactile sensations to help children relax. It promotes choice and a sense of empowerment. This multi-sensory equipment can assist patients and siblings with coping and learning difficulties.

When you make a gift, your family name will be proudly displayed at our Child Life Champion table at Magical Winter Ball!

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Child Life is the magic that our patient families need

Taya practices a procedure on a Child Life dollHospitalization can have profound effects on a child's self-image and esteem. The Child Life Program at Children’s Hospital helps patient families from across Southwestern Ontario and Northwestern Ontario to effectively cope in so many ways. Child Life nurtures the spirit by helping our region’s kids to play, laugh and enjoy some of the most meaningful aspects of childhood even if they can’t leave their hospital beds. Child Life gives patients back the sense of normalcy that illness or injury may have taken away from them.

"We would like to thank Child Life for everything you do for us during our stay. You helped us a lot and went out of your way to make our son's stay extra comfortable and we will never forget that. Thank you for taking the time to talk to our other children about what happened." - Mother of 6 month old patient


From celebrating holidays in the hospital to providing therapy and advocacy, Child Life Specialists positively shape our families' experiences. Child Life Specialists use play, role-playing, teaching puppets and dolls to help make patients feel more at ease while being at the hospital. They work collaboratively with patients, families, and health care providers to enhance the quality of life for children, youth, and families by focusing on their psychosocial needs, as follows:

  • Ease a child's fear and anxiety with the use of therapeutic and recreational play activities;
  • Foster an environment that incorporates emotional support;
  • Encourage understanding and cooperation by providing preparation and support for children undergoing tests, surgeries, and other medical procedures;
  • Advocate for patient and family-centered care;
  • Engage and energize children and families by coordinating special events, entertainment, and activities;
  • Consider the needs of siblings or other children who may also be affected by a child's illness or trauma, and offer support to them;
  • Support families confronting grief and bereavement issues.

Supporting the Child Life Program

Children's Health Foundation mobilizes our community to support excellence in health care. Donations bridge the gap between what government funding supports and what is needed to provide the best care possible for kids across our region. Annually, more than 10,000 patients and their families rely on Child Life to navigate the unimaginable experiences of coping with a critical paediatric illness or injury. Without the generous support of our sponsors, these children may not have access to a life-enhancing program that prevents psychological trauma and elevates long-term care outcomes.

All proceeds from Magical Winter Ball help support the Child Life Program at Children's Hospital!

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