Cassie & Friends celebrates the coming together of a community that holds us up, even through our hardest times. Working hand-in-hand with patient families and medical specialists in the pediatric rheumatic disease community, we’re working to address some of the most pressing concerns facing kids and families and bringing new hope through research and patient-centered care.

$140,000 Gift to Ease the Pain of Children’s Arthritis

We’re closing Juvenile Arthritis Awareness month by demonstrating our fullest support to Juvenile Arthritis research and care with a gift of $140,000 to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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The Ross Petty – Arthritis Society Research Chair in Pediatric Rheumatology

Acting as the single largest contributor outside of government, Cassie & Friends donated $400,000 to help endow Western Canada’s first Research Chair in Pediatric Rheumatology at BC Children’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia.

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Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research / Cassie and Friends Society Scholar Award

In 2016, Cassie & Friends announced a five-year $450,000 Scholar Award partnership with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research to Dr. Kelly Brown to enable safer treatment decisions and better long-term outcomes for children.

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Pain App for Teens

Cassie & Friends gifted $50,000 to the SickKids Hospital Foundation to fund the first-ever Mindfulness videos targeted at teens with arthritis. The videos will be incorporated into a pain app developed by Dr. Jennifer Stinson.

Most clinical decisions are based on things physicians can see – recognizable signs and symptoms. By finding signs of disease in the body’s immune system (that can’t be seen by the naked eye), we’d be giving clinicians more specific information about the biology of a child’s disease, and potentially which drugs to use and how long to use them. 
Dr. Kelly Brown, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute

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