Long Live Little Brats


They are sometimes unruly. Rambunctious. Loud. Strong willed. Who cares? At The Children’s, we prefer our kids to be spirited, even a little bratty – anything but sick.

Because a bratty kid is a healthy kid, we invite you to celebrate the mischievous side of children in Quebec. Help The Children’s get its young patients back on their feet and bursting with energy again.

Long live our little brats!

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A Campaign Cabinet in mischief mode!

With the Honourable L. Yves Fortier as honourary president, and co-presidents Jean-Philippe Lemay, Isabelle Marcoux, Jean Raby, Kim Thomassin, Jonathan Wener and Darryl White, The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation can count on a Campaign Cabinet that brings together 41 remarkable Quebecers.

Some of them owe their success in part to a rebellious spirit…maybe even a bit bratty. Some could even be described as… bratty. Discover some of our Cabinet members’ youthful exuberance with an exclusive look at a time when they could be a real handful.

Watch the video with Darryl White, BMO Financial Group

Watch the video with Renée Vézina, The Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation

Watch the video with Jonathan Wener, Canderel

Watch the video with The Honourable L. Yves Fortier

Watch the video with Jean Raymond, CIBC World Markets Inc.

Watch the video with Norman E. Hébert, Groupe Park Avenue Inc.

Watch the video with Dr. Pierre Gfeller, McGill University Health Centre

A mischievous campaign to help The Children’s find unexpected ways to heal

Our goal: $200 million. We can’t do it without you!

Why help The Children’s?

Because together, we can continue to shape the field of pediatrics in Quebec and all over the world. “Long live little brats!”

The Children’s is the oldest pediatric hospital in Quebec. And a world leader in cutting-edge care.

Affiliated with McGill University for 115 years, the hospital continues to find unexpected ways to heal. To go beyond the frontiers of medicine. To innovate in how we treat illness and take care of our families.

The Children’s covers 63% of the province of Quebec. We speak 47 languages. We represent a modern Quebec. We are open to the world. We are the future.

We began by pushing the boundaries of pediatric care, in Quebec and throughout the world. And we will not stop.

This fundraising campaign is our first in 28 years. Because we’ve been quiet for so long, we’re going to raise our voices.

The Children’s Foundation and its Campaign Cabinet have one goal: to raise the unprecedented amount of $200 million to support innovation in research, teaching and healthcare at The Children’s.

The funds will allow The Children’s to remain a jewel in the crown of modern Quebec, internationally renowned for the excellence of its medical teams and researchers from all over the world.

Some of the sickest kids in the province depend on the cutting-edge care they receive at The Children’s.

We’re confident this campaign will allow us to achieve our ambitious goal.

Our most precious resource, our little brats, are counting on you!

Thanks to contributions from our invaluable partners, sponsors and major donors, we can launch these innovative projects. To implement them, we have the best minds in the world and the solid reputation of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, the best in Canada.

Innovation is the key to progress, and The Children’s is uniquely positioned to make new breakthroughs, set new standards and move mountains.



For 40% of The Children’s patients, the Hospital is almost a second home. Average hospital stays are 8 days and some kids are hospitalized for months. Dedicated staff, highly trained professionals and state of the art equipment aren’t enough to make the Hospital a child-friendly environment.

We will create partnerships with Montreal’s cutting-edge multimedia agencies and Quebec’s artistic talent to fill The Children’s with
purposeful healing art, which has been proven to speed healing by reducing children and teens’ anxiety, stress and perception of pain.


Hospitalized children’s vital signs are monitored manually or by machines, which takes more manpower, limits their ability to move and prevents their parents from holding them. Babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are a prime example.

We will put children back in their parents’ arms, where they belong, with a pilot project to develop wireless vital signs monitoring. It will be a first for children in Canada and will serve as a model for other pediatric hospitals.


40% of patients at The Children’s are seen by an average of 16 physicians from at least 6 different specialties. Their complicated needs are difficult for parents to manage and are poorly understood by community healthcare providers, causing added stress for parents.

We will create Canada’s first complex care centre to deliver personalized, comprehensive and coordinated care at the Hospital, in the community and at home. Our evidence-based best practices and programs will serve as a template for others.


Liquid biopsy cancer project: Solid tumours represent 30% of pediatric cancer tumours. Children must undergo multiple painful bone marrow and tumour biopsies to ensure their treatments have been successful. In the case of brain tumours, this is not always possible.

In this pilot project, we will eliminate painful bone and tissue biopsies, and give new hope to children with brain tumours. We are developing simple blood tests to detect the exosome fingerprint to identify and monitor cancerous tumours. These discoveries will serve as a model for other
diseases and pediatric hospitals throughout the world.


Universal genetic screening for kids with cancer: Up to 10% of all children with cancer have a genetic risk of developing one or more cancers later in life. Many immune system disorders can also cause aggressive cancers.

We will create the first clinic in Canada dedicated to discovering the genetic links that predispose children to cancer. We will screen all young
cancer patients, using artificial intelligence and our unique research platforms to identify risk factors for secondary cancers and remove this stressful burden from children and their families.


Biological therapies are the fastest growing treatment for children with autoimmune diseases and will be the treatment of choice for almost 50% of them in 5 years. However, not all children respond identically, and little is known about the long-term effects on kids.

We will discover and improve personalized therapies with fewer side effects, starting with a real-time study of 350 patients in year 1, and adding 50 to 100 more each subsequent year.


CENTRE FOR COMPLEX PAIN – Donation from the Louise and Alan Edwards Foundation

Thanks to innovation breakthroughs in pain management, over the next five years hospital stays for children who are living with complex pain can be reduced, visits to the Emergency Department can be decreased and fewer patients will need to use opioids.

MINNIE’S HOPE – Donations from BMO and The Hewitt Foundation

At-risk Cree and Inuit children living in Kuujjuarapik and Whapmagoostui can receive culturally sensitive services in their community at the Minnie’s Hope Centre.