This Is Why We Fight

​Leah Traviss jumped at the chance ​to lead an army of more than 3,700 supporters of the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) through the streets of Toronto this past September for SickKids GetLoud, an event that raises awareness and funds to help build a new SickKids.


The PCL project manager feels that volunteering for the event was just one small way she could give back to the hospital that is currently helping her young family navigate a challenging journey.

“At approximately 36 weeks into my pregnancy, we found out that it was highly likely our son would be born with the genetic condition cystic fibrosis (CF),” said Leah. “That same day, my husband and I were sent to meet the team at SickKids’ CF Clinic to learn a bit more about this condition, and they welcomed us with open arms. We learned a lot that day that prepared us for what was to come, and when our son, Lincoln, was born, we knew we’d be in good hands.”

Since his birth, Lincoln and his parents have made many trips to SickKids for tests and health check-ups, which Lincoln will need every three to four months until he’s 18 and transferred to the Adult clinic at St. Michael’s. At each visit, seeing PCL build the new Patient Support Centre (PSC) that will house pediatric education, simulation and core administration services is a highlight for Leah and reinforces her personal connection to the hospital.

After eight months of demolition, ground was broken for the PSC in October 2019; marking a monumental milestone for SickKids’ full campus redevelopment plan, Project Horizon.

PCL partnered with SickKids Foundation to take on the presenting role of GetLoud and encouraged employees to volunteer and march to support the effort. Between Leah and the PCL Hard Hat Crew leading the march, helping with event set up and take down, and creating experiences to build kid-friendly projects during the day, over 300 PCL employees and family members stepped up to rally for the cause.

SickKids has been extremely helpful to us thus far, and we are so lucky to have such a great support team there for us whenever we have any questions or concerns about our son’s well-being!” said Leah. “It’s so rewarding and comforting to know that PCL, the company I work for, and my colleagues are rallying behind me and so many other families in the fight to build a new SickKids.” 
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