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$3 Million Gift to Holland Bloorview to Support Research Innovations

November 16, 2016 (TORONTO, ON) – Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation has announced a $3 million gift from The Ron Kimel Foundation Trust to support research innovations for kids with disabilities.

The Kimel Family Opportunities Fund will enable Holland Bloorview’s research institute to act on new opportunities that will make a significant difference in the lives of kids with disabilities. This remarkable gift will be leveraged to match and unlock additional funding for new or expanded research areas and collaborative research projects.

“Holland Bloorview is a world-class teaching and research hospital,” said Ron Kimel. “We are very happy to help support and propel forward the amazing work coming out of Holland Bloorview’s research institute.”

As Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital focused on improving the lives of kids with disabilities, Holland Bloorview’s research institute has been focused on advancing research to help improve the quality of life for children and youth with disabilities. Collaboration opportunities with partners across the academic community often require matched funds from Holland Bloorview, and this funding will help support future opportunities that could provide a big impact in the lives of kids with disabilities.

“The potential of our research to transform the lives of children and families living with disabilities is in large part realized through the generosity of donors who share our vision of a world of possibility,” said Tom Chau, Director of Holland Bloorview’s research institute.

“This generous gift will help us enhance our innovation mandate and continue our leadership in the field of childhood disability,” said Sandra Hawken, President and CEO of Holland Bloorview Foundation. “Ron and his family have been long-time supporters and friends of Holland Bloorview. These funds will ensure that Holland Bloorview is nimble enough to take advantage of time-sensitive research opportunities that can have a local, provincial, national and international impact on kids with disabilities.”

Holland Bloorview’s research institute is recognized in Canada and around the world for its unique client population and leadership in the field of childhood disability. The research institute brings together a multi-disciplinary team of scientists who work collaboratively with clinical staff, clients, and families to generate clinically-linked and applied pediatric rehabilitation research.

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Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation raises funds in the community for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Holland Bloorview is Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation teaching hospital. The hospital pioneers treatments, technologies, therapies and real-world programs that give children with disabilities the tools to participate in life to the fullest. For more information, visit:


Media Contact: Erin Johnston, Senior Communications and Engagement Associate,
Holland Bloorview Foundation; 416-753-6051