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CHEO Foundation

Dedicated to the best life for every child and youth, CHEO is a global leader in paediatric health care and research. The CHEO Foundation is responsible for developing, accepting, distributing, and recognizing philanthropy in support of CHEO, the CHEO Research Institute and Roger Neilson House. CHEO’s patients range from the tiniest babies to the tallest teens, meaning CHEO’s staff must have equipment available to fit the needs of every patient of all ages and sizes.

Foundation funding supports new equipment and research, improvements to facilities and ensuring patient and family support programs are available to children, youth and families that rely on CHEO.

On average there are 6,000 admissions yearly, 10,000 visits to the Medical Day Unit and 180,000 visits to CHEO’s 73 outpatient clinics.

The vision that guides the work the CHEO Foundation does every day is that community and foundation are synonymous. CHEO opened its doors in 1974 and was the result of years of hard work and relentless lobbying by a dedicated group of volunteers and families who did not want their children to have to travel to access world-class paediatric medical care. The funds that the CHEO Foundation collects and distributes every year demonstrate the Ottawa-Gatineau region enduring commitment to their children’s hospital.

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