Sickle Cell Association of Ontario

Founded in 1981, the Sickle Cell Association of Ontario (SCAO) is a volunteer, non-profit, community-based organization based in Toronto, Ontario, that provides support and resources for individuals, families and communities affected by Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) throughout the province.

Some of our achievements thus far are:

  • Successfully lobbying for the inclusion of Sickle Cell Disease in Newborn Screening in Ontario. In 2005, the decision was made to add screening for Sickle Cell Disease to Newborn Screening in Ontario. The first set of newborns were screened in November 2006.
  • Partnering with Humber College School of Health Sciences, the first College of Nursing in Canada to adopt teaching Hemoglobin apthaties to their curriculum in 2013.
  • Organizing a yearly Education Conference to educate the general public, health professionals and those living with Sickle Cell Disease of the current treatments and strategies in Sickle Cell care.

Camp Jumoke

Camp Jumoke’s mission is to enrich the lives of children living with Sickle Cell Disease and its complications, one child at a time.

Our primary mandate is to provide children with the opportunity to attend summer camp at our host camp, Camp Wenonah in beautiful Bracebridge, Ontario, for two weeks every summer; this is at little or no expense to their families. Camp Jumoke is a 100% volunteer-run organization. We receive no government funding. All our funds come from fundraising efforts and corporate donations. Currently, the cost to send each child to camp is approximately $2344.00. Attending summer camp is an experience that many of these children would likely not be able to afford were it not for the work we do at Camp Jumoke, thanks to the generous hearts of supporters just like you!

Children’s Wish

The Children’s Wish Foundation is a uniquely Canadian charity that helps Canadian children, families and communities by granting the favourite wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. With every wish that we grant, we create moments of joy that ease the pain of a child, give respite to the child’s family, and connect healthcare professionals and communities in that burning wish of hope.

We’ve been granting wishes since 1984. We have granted 23,000 wishes to children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Every wish is as unique as the child making it, from finally getting to cuddle with grandparents who live far away to hitting a puck with a favourite hockey player. In the often painful life of a seriously ill child, these wishes have made a tremendous difference.