The Toronto Hospital for Sick Children Foundation says the $50 million donation will lead to further research and treatment in the areas of pediatric brain and mental health.
The SickKids Foundation says the gift from Toronto entrepreneur Gary Hurwitz will support the Hospital’s Centers for Brain and Mental Health and Community Mental Health.
The not-for-profit says the fund will also support SickKids’ research, care and education to improve outcomes for children and youth affected by neurological and mental health conditions.
The donation will also allow the hospital to appoint a dedicated director of the rebranded Gary Hurwitz Center for Brain and Mental Health.
The foundation says the money will also help support new treatments for neuromuscular, neuroinflammatory and neurodevelopmental diseases; treatment models for youth and families affected by complex mental health issues; and an innovation fund to aid investment in cutting-edge research.
It says the donation is all the more impressive in light of SickKids’ research into how the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on youth’s mental health.