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Team Bella
Amount Raised
Fundraising Goal $5,000.00

Hello Family & Friends!

Bella was diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay at 12 months old, as she was not babbling, sitting upright, nor crawling or walking. At the age of 3 years old, she was diagnosed with severe autism spectrum disorder. During this time she was attending the Bloorview Play & Learn Nursery School along with receiving early intervention services from the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. It was in 2012 we began our journey to becoming part of the Bloorview family. As a parent, this was a very scary time for our family. We didn't know what to expect with Bella's growth and development, and what her future would look like. For the following 3 years our family was supported by a team of Bloorview angels that included a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist and a team of doctors and nurses. Together we worked for endless days, months and years to get Bella to respond to her name, practice weight-bearing exercises, along with feeding skills. At the age of 6, Bella was referred to the Bloorview's Rett Clinic. This was the year she was diagnosed with Pitt Hopkins Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that is characterized by intellectual disability and developmental delay, breathing problems, recurrent seizures and distinctive facial features. Our journey in the world of disabilities was now taking a new road with unexpected turns, bumps, and slippery slopes. 

Today we have decided to share our story through the Capes for Kids campaign as this is a great event to not only bring awareness to the community of families with disabilities, but it is also a reminder to ourselves that raising a child with disabilities and going through the intricacies of the life challenges it comes with requires a happy soul that shines, and radiates to every around. 

Our family is proud to be part of the Bloorview community, as we are dedicated in helping other families build resilience to overcome challenges that life brings. Bella is a 10 year old girl who has a smile that lights up the world. She is also an abmassador for the Capes for Kids campaign as our family continues to join foces with others to create a healthy dialogue to see the positive in all of our differences. 

We are fundraising for Holland Bloorview with Capes for Kids! When we meet our goal, we will wear our capes between March 2-8, 2020. Will you join us? Together, we will:

** Help kids and teens move, speak, play and grow through therapy, programs and services

** Inspire research that will challenge limits and unlock capabilities

** Support families to stay strong, stay grounded and to keep moving forward through family-focused care

Please take some time to read our story on our blog,


Thank you for your support! 


Andrea, Peter, Petie, Bella & Kadence


About Holland Bloorview

Holland Bloorview is Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital and a fully affiliated teaching hospital with the University of Toronto.

We create a world of possibilities by supporting children and youth living with disability, medical complexity, illness and injury. More than 8,300 kids and youth come through our doors each year as inpatients and outpatients to receive innovative treatments, therapies and specialized programs and services.

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Colin Haefele donated $100.00
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Go Bella Go!
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Aiden Caranci donated $500.00
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Dr. Gayle Climpson-Kennedy donated $250.00
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Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation
150 Kilgour Road Toronto, Ontario M4G 1R8

Charitable Business Number: 88932-6278-RR0001

Telephone: 416-424-3809

Toll Free: 1-800-490-7940

Fax: 416-425-4531