Blog - SAVE THE DATE: April 7th is your day to be a hero for kids with special needs

On Sunday, April 7, runners and walkers of all ages will lace up their sneakers (and dust off their capes!) and hit the streets to raise funds for Kingston Health Sciences Centre’s (KHSC) 23rd Annual KidsInclusive Run/Walk.


The family-friendly fundraising event, which encourages adults and kids alike to create super hero-themed costumes for the day, is attended annually by hundreds. Event proceeds support the clients and families of KHSC’s KidsInclusive, with funds being used to purchase equipment, support specialized education and training, and assist families with the exceptional costs associated with raising a child with special needs.

Event Details
Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Queen’s University Athletics & Recreation Centre (ARC)
Activities: 1 km fun run/walk, 5 km walk, 5 km run (timed), 8 km run (timed)
To become a participant or sponsor, visit UHKF’s registration page.

We invite you to learn more about the impact KidsInclusive programs and services are having on the lives of children and their families from our community, by reading about this year’s event Ambassadors:

MEET Ameliya
When she was only two and a half years old Ameliya was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome which left her paralyzed from the neck down.  With the help of therapists at KidsInclusive, Amelyia has regained function in her upper body but the family is uncertain about ongoing recovery of the nerves in her legs. “[Amelyia] has been our superhero since day one,” says Miranda, Ameliya’s mom, “What we do know is that she will continue to fight with a strong heart and a brave smile.” Miranda says KidsInclusive has “welcomed [her] family with open arms.” With support from KidsInclusive, she has watched her daughter learn to walk, again, this time using custom leg braces and a walker.

MEET Emmett
Very early on in his life, when key mobility milestones were not met, Emmett was diagnosed with hypotomia and, later, with Charcot Marie Tooth Type 2Z Disease. Referred to KidsInclusive at ten months of age, Emmett began physiotherapy and, eventually, speech and occupational therapy.  His parents, Sarah and Paul, say the support their son has received from KidsInclusive has advanced his development, “[Emmett’s] fine motor skills have also progressed immensely while his speech and vocabulary improve on a daily basis.” Mom and dad credit Emmett’s own “strength and willpower” but also attribute their son’s gains to “the support and guidance from KidsInclusive.” 

MEET Lachlan
Not long after Lachlan was born, his parents began to have concerns about their son’s development. Today Lachlan’s condition remains undiagnosed but it causes him to suffer from global developmental delay, cortical vision impairment/blindness, and epilepsy. He also struggles with oral skills and is g-tube fed. “There is no established path to follow,” say Jessica and Dan, of Lachlan’s disease, “and no ideas on what his life will look like,” but they celebrate their son’s achievements and are grateful for the “impressive list of doctors, specialists and therapists” that support him. “[Lachlan’s] Kidsinclusive team supports all areas of his development and works together with our other providers to ensure the best possible care.”

As the sole fundraising arm for Providence Care and KHSC, which includes KidsInclusive, the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF) is proud to support the 23rd Annual KidsInclusive Run/Walk and wishes to gratefully acknowledge this year’s presenting sponsor, Bergeron Clifford, and the many community sponsors who have made this event possible.