When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, it unleashed chaos across the country. But SickKids was there to help—and so were our donors.

By April, SickKids Foundation had helped establish the Frontline Fund, supporting staff in the trenches in hospitals across Canada. By May, multiple COVID-19 studies were already underway and donations were pouring in from donors, including masks, gowns, and gloves to keep staff safe. More recently, SickKids is making a major difference in the fight, from opening ICU beds for young adults with COVID-19 to contributing to more than 100 studies on the disease to being a champion of child, youth, and family mental health and wellbeing amidst a year of restrictions, lockdowns, and hardship.

Below is just a glimpse of what SickKids has done—contributions you helped make possible. Thank you.


From rapid testing to public advocacy, SickKids has done everything it can to keep our patients, staff, and community safe during the pandemic.

Supermolecules to Fight COVID-19: Listen

For years, SickKids scientist Dr. Jean-Philippe Julien toiled in his lab, harnessing the power of human antibodies to try and neutralize two of the world’s deadliest diseases: HIV/AIDS and malaria. Then, COVID-19 hit, wreaking havoc across the globe. Very quickly, Dr. Julien pivoted, leveraging what he learned to pursue a new mission: making an antibody supermolecule to neutralize SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19.

Hear the episode now.


Dr. Upton Allen, Chief of Infectious Diseases at SickKids, and the lead on several COVID-19 studies

SickKids researchers have channeled their energies into 100+ studies to combat COVID-19 with new tools for diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and to help kids and families cope with the long-term health effects of the pandemic. These are just a few:


Amidst all the turmoil of the pandemic, children never stopped needing SickKids care—from infections to broken bones, heart disease and cystic fibrosis. And SickKids never stopped being there for them. In spite of stringent safety restrictions, SickKids continued to offer world-class care—both virtual and in-person—to the children who need it most.

  • As SickKids had to limit in-person visits, clinical departments ramped up virtual care; in 2020 there were nearly 100,000 virtual visits compared with just 13,000 in 2019
  • Donations have helped house more SickKids families from out-of-town while their child is in hospital, and covered the cost of medical equipment and devices to keep other patients safe at home
  • With kids confined to their rooms, Child Life specialists have had to find safe, distanced ways to keep kids stimulated. So, they ramped up Child Life TV, doubling their schedule to 15 live weekday shows and four weekend shows, plus launching a brand-new YouTube channel for patients and families