WCH Transition-Related Surgeries Program chosen as a beneficiary of the Pride and Remembrance Run

2018-05-14 10:06:43 AM

Founded in 1996 by three gay triathletes, the Pride and Remembrance Run has become an annual tradition promoting and fostering community spirit, goodwill, volunteerism and sportsmanship among the LGBTQ+ community.

With over 1,600 participants, this event is the largest of its kind in Canada and is one of the most popular running events in the GTA. It is also one of the most successful fundraising events during Pride week, drawing celebrities, political leaders and community members together in support of charities that benefit the LGBTQ+ community.

This year, Women’s College Hospital (WCH) has been selected as one of the important beneficiaries of the Run, with proceeds being directed towards the Transition-Related Surgeries Compassionate Fund, a new resource for trans persons facing financial challenges related to their transition. Although access to care for trans patients has been improving in recent years, not all transition-related surgeries are covered by OHIP and costs can be considerable.

“The generous support of the Pride and Remembrance Run is directly contributing to the equitable care of trans patients at WCH by improving access to important surgeries and procedures associated with gender-affirming transitions,” says Mary Dodd, Interim President and CEO of Women’s College Hospital Foundation. “This additional support will help to alleviate the often devastating financial burden of transition-related expenses, ensuring patients have access to comprehensive care regardless of their socio-economic background. We can’t thank the Pride and Remembrance Foundation enough for choosing to support this impactful program.”

As the first public hospital-based surgical program in Canada dedicated to providing safe and timely access to transition-related surgeries and care, the Transition Related Surgeries Program at WCH is making significant strides towards providing good, compassionate and successful care for trans and gender diverse patients.

On behalf of the entire staff of Women’s College Hospital, Women’s College Hospital Foundation and the Transition-Related Surgeries Program, we extend our deepest gratitude to the Pride and Remembrance Foundation for their shared commitment to closing health gaps for all patients.