Donations help to create a warm and welcoming environment that is child and family friendly. Children are not small adults and require specialized treatment in an environment designed for them. Anything from child-friendly decorated rooms to toys can help make staying or visiting the hospital a little less scary.
Your donations to NEO Kids Foundation directly contribute to existing programs and services currently provided by NEO Kids. Your donation will also help us in achieving our ultimate goal, of building a bigger home to accommodate the growing needs for the children in Northeastern Ontario.
Children are not small adults. Just like them, their health care needs are unique. Your donation will help to purchase vital pieces of equipment, conduct life-changing research and increase awareness for children’s health needs.
How Your Donations Help
How much more fun is it to visit the doctor when the exam table is a polar bear? Although it may be small, medical equipment is very expensive. NEO Kids relies on donations to replace out-dated and new innovative equipment to provide the best health outcomes.
Children have complex needs. The NEO Kids and Family Program offer a variety of programs and services to help treat those complex needs and ensure our children become better and stay better. Donations help these programs and services provide the best care they can.
Challenges Facing our Children
Every year, approximately 3,900 children from across the Northeast make 10,000 trips to Toronto, Ottawa and London just to receive the specialized care they need. That is an increase of 30% in the past five years.
Every hour of every day a child and their family leave the North to receive care elsewhere.
Increased Disease & Illness Rates
On average, children and youth in Northeastern Ontario have poorer rates of health compared to the rest of Ontario and Canada. Children in the Northeast have higher rates of allergies, asthma, Attention Deficit Hyper Active Disorder (ADHD), autism, diabetes, cancer, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), mental illness and self-harm.
Last year, there were 35,000 patient visits to NEO Kids. Demand for services is expected to grow by up to 40 per cent over the next ten years. NEO Kids is currently not able to meet the growing demand for service for children requiring specialized medical care across the Northeast.
Demand is growing.
Our capacity to meet that demand is not.
NEO Kids has rapidly outgrown this temporary location and HSN is now planning a new permanent centre to house NEO Kids. One that will accommodate new clinics, services and more pediatricians to care for the North’s children. The goal of this centre will be to ensure as many children as possible stay in Northeastern Ontario to get the care they need, in a child- and youth-centred environment that promotes health and well-being, closer to home.
With every donation, we get closer to achieving this goal.
If you would like to volunteer with NEO Kids Foundation, please complete this application form and return it to Health Sciences North Foundation. Our success relies on the support of volunteers!
Every Dollar Counts
You can make a difference in the lives of children and youth in Northeastern Ontario.