About

Mission and Vision

Just for Kids (JFK) Foundation raises funds to purchase high-priority medical equipment, and to support initiatives,
that improve the quality of care for patients of the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH).

History

In 1987, a group of concerned parents realized that key medical equipment was lacking to best diagnose and treat their children at the MCH. This dedicated group of volunteers began to create innovative ways to raise funds so the MCH would remain a state-of-the-art institution within our community.

With imagination, dedication and big hearts, these volunteers created Montreal-based fundraising events. Both large and small, these events have cultivated a very special group of volunteers who continuously challenge themselves to inspire, engage and give back. Not only has JFK created a local community among its members, but it also has impacted the community at large by helping children and their families throughout Montreal, as well as touching the lives of so many event participants, guests and corporate sponsors.

Impact

To date, JFK has purchased over $11 million of high-priority medical equipment for the MCH.

Helped over 1,500 healthcare professionals improve patient care.

Touched almost every department at the hospital.

With the medical equipment that JFK purchases, doctors are able to perform procedures using the latest technological advancements. This, in turn, attracts world-class medical professionals to Montreal and the MCH.

Established the JFK Sibling Park, a free childcare centre for siblings of children in acute care.

Comfort and Care Campaign

JFK’s Comfort and Care campaign is dedicated to raising funds for the Montreal Children’s Hospital’s Operating Suites, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the JFK Kangaroo Care Program, and the JFK Sibling Park.

With rapidly changing medical procedures and new innovative approaches for treatment, there is an ongoing need for updated and state-of-the-art equipment within the Operating Suites. JFK is committed to providing doctors with upgraded tools and advanced technology, allowing them to provide young patients with the best care possible.

With your support, JFK will equip the NICU with 46 new specialized recliners, created specifically for Kangaroo Care, the ultimate method of comfort and care for the tiniest patients.

Skin to skin contact, known as Kangaroo Care has proven to have significant benefits to both premature infants and their parents. Thus, we will continue to raise funds and awareness in support of the JFK Kangaroo Care Program which provides nurses and families in the NICU with necessary training and tools to allow parents to hold their babies close for hours at a time.

The JFK Sibling Park is a wonderful initiative providing comfort and care for siblings of patients in acute care at the Hospital. JFK will continue to support this essential childcare program which allows the entire family to remain close during difficult times and giving siblings a safe haven and continued sense of normalcy while their brother or sister undergoes treatment.

Leadership

Board of Directors – 2018-2019

FOUNDING PRESIDENT
Harriet Greenstone

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Rochelle Lerner Silverman

PAST PRESIDENTS
Jill Aberman
Lisa Adelstein Steinberg
Sandra D’Alesio Lanno
Marla Fersten Oringer
Myra Frishman
Franceen Goffman
Rochelle Lerner Silverman
Lynda Lubin
Jill Morganstein Kimmel
Donna Seidman Salzman

PRESIDENT
Mara Greenstone Agulnik

TREASURER
Lyne Breton

CORPORATE SECRETARY
Marissa Frishman

BOARD MEMBERS
Lisa Adelstein Steinberg
Jason Ansel
Robert Bloom
Norma D’Alesio
Michael Ickman
Heather Kugler
Daniel Marcus
Tommy Petrogiannis
Seeta Ramdass

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Lorie Blumer