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The TGWHF launches its Billion Dollar Campaign, focused on "what knowledge can do." (Photo: TGWHF)

The Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation (TGWHF) is on a mission to raise $1 billion.

After a number of years of raising funds towards it, the Foundation  publicly announced its Billion Dollar Campaign today, calling it a "campaign of campaigns."

The Billion Dollar Campaign is raising funds to support a broad range of programs at Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN.

The campaign theme – "what knowledge can do" – showcases UHN's drive to push the frontiers of science by pursuing the knowledge that makes all our lives better.

The fact that the campaign is not just about knowledge for today, but also knowledge for the future, is what makes it so motivating to Todd Halpern, Billion Dollar Campaign Chair. Joined by a powerhouse of business and community leaders, the goal of the campaign is to raise $1 billion in private philanthropic support.

"Funding for our healthcare system is stretched," Todd says. "The only way we can continue making groundbreaking discoveries that will ultimately make patient lives better is through the support of our entire community."

The community's generous support has allowed UHN to achieve many world firsts that have made patients' lives better in the GTA, throughout Ontario, across Canada and around the world. These range from the first clinical use of insulin to, more recently, spinal decompression that allows people with paralysis to walk again.

"UHN is home to extraordinary talent," Todd says. "Everyone who works here – at all levels and in all roles – is driven to make things better for patients.

"We must give them the resources and infrastructure they need to uncover and apply new knowledge so patients can benefit as soon as possible. That's what our campaign is all about."

Learn more about the Billion Dollar Campaign here.

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