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Solving the mysteries of blindness

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A team of international researchers led by The Children's own Dr. Robert Koenekoop have identified a new gene responsible for Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), a devastating genetic form of blindness in newborns. What makes this discovery so exceptional is that this new gene called NMNAT1 – known to be crucial for life – has never been associated with any human disease. This is the first time such a major correlation has been established. “This is probably one of the most important discoveries in neuroscience and blindness in the past 15 years,” said Dr. Robert Koenekoop, first author of the study, …

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Relief is in sight for families in need

What do you do when a child is critically injured or diagnosed with cancer, and both parents work? Often there is no choice - one parent must stop working to care for the child. This difficult reality can be one of the most devastating side-effects of a child’s illness. Bills go unpaid, and even the cost of food and clothing can be too much. But yesterday, the Canadian government took a giant step in the right direction: starting next June, parents of sick children will be entitled to up to 35 weeks of EI, up from the current 6 weeks. …

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Run the Marathon Oasis & ½ Marathon de Montréal – free!

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As one of the official charities of the Marathon Oasis & ½ Marathon de Montréal, we have 50 FREE spaces reserved just for you! The spaces can be used to register for any event: full marathon, half marathon, 10km, 5km or 1km. All events are now sold out, with the exception of the 1km - but even sold-out events are open to members of The Children's team! Registration for the marathon is free - but participants must commit to raising a minimum of $500 to be eligible for a spot on the team. Spaces are available on …

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Three cheers for the Mighty Bike!

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If you were downtown the week of June 11 to 15, you may have noticed a giant, 30-person bicycle travelling down Ste-Catherine Street, with passengers cheering, dancing, clapping and otherwise celebrating as they made their way through the city. If you wondered what you were looking at, it’s Pedal for Kids, one of the Foundation’s major fundraisers. The event’s been around for more than 20 years, and has raised nearly $10 million dollars for The Children’s thanks to the efforts of thousands of people from dozens of corporate and community teams. Under the leadership of Warren Lee and the …

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A change of heart

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After a 267- day wait, Vincent Lambert begins a new life. The past 10 months have been nothing short of a whirlwind ride for 15- year-old Vincent Lambert and his family. From the moment the teenager was hospitalized at The Montreal Children’s Hospital in early September 2011, his lengthy wait for a much-needed heart transplant has seen its share of ups and downs. Vincent’s story, however, begins long before last fall. It all started when Vincent was only three months old. The newborn’s heart was affected by a virus. The resulting myocarditis infection that significantly weakened his heart. His long-time cardiologist at …

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