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As a mother to an “extreme preemie” (babies born before 28 weeks), I was made very aware of the complications that could occur from being born this early. In the early days after having my son, I was provided a lot of information about the services that would be available to me to assist in the development of my child and that’s when I learned about Holland Bloorview.

Holland Bloorview is celebrating 125 years of creating a world of possibilities for kids and youth with disabilities. They are the only children’s rehabilitation hospital in Canada focused on combining world-class care, transformational research, and academic leadership in the field of child and youth rehabilitation and disability. They have helped over 9,500 kids and youth with disabilities and complex medical needs access care that focuses on their physical, mental, and emotional well-being, and we power their infinite potential and possibility.

Every March, the community unleashes their inner superhero by putting on a cape and raising money to help kids and youth with disabilities at Holland Bloorview. In its 8th year, Capes for Kids has raised over $5,400,000 for critical hospital programs and services. Caped superheroes are creating an accessible, inclusive, equitable and stigma-free world for kids and youth with disabilities by wearing a cape to work, school, the grocery store, and everywhere they go!

To underscore our commitment to championing initiatives that empower and uplift vulnerable communities, Wee Watch’s 44 childcare agencies have donated $10,000 in support of Capes for Kids. “Money raised through Capes for Kids funds important programs and services for kids and teens with disabilities, like independence workshops, instruments for music therapy, and financial support for families to spend on essentials like wheelchairs and transportation” explained Molly McKeown, Vice President, Partnerships at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. “Together we dream big. Together we champion a world of possibility” Molly continued.

Wee Watch believes in the importance of fostering inclusivity and providing opportunities for every child to thrive. Every child deserves to feel like a superhero, and this program embodies the spirit of resilience and courage that defines these remarkable young individuals. Wee Watch agencies, providers and children have participated in Capes for Kids for a few years, educating the children in our care about their unique ‘superpowers” and the important of inclusion.  Over and above the educational focus, we love giving back through fundraising and a donation to this wonderful hospital.  We know our donation has a positive impact on the lives of many children with disabilities and their families.

Overall, Capes for Kids serves as a beacon of hope, inspiration, and support for children with disabilities and their families, highlighting their inherent strength and worth as valuable members of society. By promoting empowerment, inclusivity, awareness, fundraising, resilience, and community engagement, the program creates positive change and advocates for a more inclusive and compassionate world.

Donate today and help kids and youth with disabilities smile, laugh, learn and heal at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.