Emergency Financial Assistance
The Alastair Fund was created in 2004 in memory of Alastair Mackay who fought a valiant battle with cancer. His wife Brenda created it, so that “Alastair can continue giving joy to others.” He led an extraordinary life and will be remembered for his wonderful humour, warmth and irrepressible joie de vivre.
The Alastair Fund provides funding to families dealing with financial strain due to illness from PI. It is available to families with a child registered as a patient at Toronto Sick Children’s Hospital, Montreal Children’s Hospital, Alberta’s Children’s Hospital, IWK Health Centre or British Columbia Children’s Hospital.
Families can access financial assistance for transportation, overnight stays, food, parking and other critical needs. Families having financial difficulties should talk to the Hospital Social Worker Department to access this fund.
Immunodeficiency Canada supports social events for families, adults, teens and children to help break the isolation many individuals and families feel and build networks of mutual support. Kids picnics have been held in Montreal, Toronto and Calgary organized in partnership through local health care facilities.