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Team Alessandra!
Amount Raised
Fundraising Goal $4,000.00

We are fundraising for Holland Bloorview with Capes for Kids on behalf of Alessandra, our little superhero!

Five-year-old Alessandra loves ice cream, chocolate, and anything sweet. She also adores the colours pink, blue, red, and purple, but isn’t too fond of brown or gray. Bike rides, dancing and singing in her school’s Glee Club, and her sister also put a smile on her face. 

As for her mother, Jolane, one of her favourite smiles is the one Alessandra showed on her recent kindergarten photo for Picture Day. 

“The year before, she was so shy, and just absolutely refused to have her picture taken. Maybe it’s silly for some people, but for me, the picture this year just made me so happy,” says Jolane.

“It’s like when I remember the first time she sat up on her own, I was crying I was so happy. Or when she first started crawling on her own or, when I first saw video of her riding a bike. Those were big deals as well.”

For five-year-old Alessandra, who was born with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, it almost seemed like zooming around on her bike—with a pink seat and carrier for her doll, Alessandra adds—would only be a dream.

But thanks to Holland Bloorview’s physiotherapy services, social work services, the hypertonia clinic, and developmental pediatricians, that dream for Alessandra and Jolane is now a reality. 

Before getting help, Alessandra couldn’t walk.

Now, after finding her footing, it’s no surprise Alessandra is always on the go—with her sights set on tackling some winter activities this year.

“When people see her in a wheelchair or with a walker, they’re already making this assumption that because she can’t walk on her own, there must be other things she can’t do,” says Jolane.

“She definitely wants people to know that she wants to do things on her own – she’s very independent.”

And as for why Jolane continues to participate in Capes for Kids, she believes campaigns like this help Alessandra—and kids like her—do just that.

“Kids with disabilities want to just be seen as any other kid,” she says. “And I think Capes for Kids helps others see that [kids with disabilities] have a lot of strengths.”


We're doing this to help kids with disabilities discover their super powers at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Canada's largest pediatric rehabilitation hospital in Toronto.

You can be a hero too! Support us, and together we can:

- help kids and teens move, speak, play and lead through therapy, programs and services

- enable research that is changing our understanding of autism, or perhaps your gift will fund innovative technologies that will change the future for kids and teens with disabilities

- support programs and services that help families to stay strong, stay grounded and to keep going

Thank you for your support! 

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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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