Mental illness is the second leading cause of death for children aged 10-19. The number of youth being admitted to the McMaster Children's Hospital after a suicide attempt has tripled since this time last year. Admissions for substance use disorders have doubled since the start of the pandemic. Referrals to the hospital's eating disorder program have increased by an alarming 90 per cent since spring 2020. During uncertain times, anxiety can be overwhelming, pushing young people to grasp for any bit of control they can find.
McMaster Children's Hospital Foundation is committed to helping children and youth who are struggling with mental illness by funding the programs, spaces and research needed to make a vital difference for patients and their families. McMaster Children's Hospital including Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre operate the largest child & youth mental health program in Canada, including both an inpatient and outpatient program.
Proudly serving families througout south-central Ontario stretching from Burlington to Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara to Guelph: McMaster Children's Hospital provides a range of acute and outpatient care during nearly 230,000 patient visits last year.
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McMaster Children's Hospital Foundation, as part of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, provides vital funding to enable the best possible patient care at McMaster Children’s Hospital, including Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre and McMaster University Medical Centre. The Foundation inspires and motivates gifts that fund medical equipment and patient amenities, innovative research initiatives, essential redevelopment of clinical care spaces, and the education and training of health care providers.
McMaster Children’s Hospital is the second largest provider of inpatient pediatric services in Ontario. The Hospital is home to Canada’s largest neonatal intensive care unit including supportive maternal care, the largest pediatric mental health program in Canada, and the only inpatient pediatric cancer program in south-central Ontario.
A Global, Virtual, Family Fun Run Supporting Youth Charities Around the World
Since 2009, RBC Race for the Kids has grown to an exciting series of 17 charitable Races taking around the world, supporting kids and youth-focused causes. In total, 290,000+ participants have raised more than C$65 million.
In 2020, the series of in-person Races couldn’t happen so we pivoted to a global, virtual RBC Race for the Kids to continue raising much-needed funds for our charity partners. Last year, over 33,000 participants from 120+ countries raised more than C$8.8 million!
Join us and participants from all around the globe to raise awareness and support for our 35 charity partners in 19 countries – and the young people they help during this challenging time.