Founded by a private donor in 2021, the Stem Cell Patient Fund is a legacy endowment of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. The Fund provides permanent, reliable, and sustainable financial support to patients receiving care from The Ottawa Hospital’s Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Program.
Approximately 40% of the patients are from outside the Ottawa region, and travel from various regions of Canada to receive their stem cell transplant. Due to this they face significant out-of-pocket expenses that are not considered as direct costs of care, and that are not covered by public health care plans. Some examples of these costs include travel to and from Ottawa, long-term accommodations in Ottawa while recuperating, high-quality nutrition, cleaning services, local transportation, access to equipment, as well as continuation of day-to-day financial obligations at home. These personal expenses can exceed $20,000 per patient.
The Stem Cell Patient Fund perpetually generates 3.5% in investment returns annually. These returns provide direct financial support to patients in need.
Your financial gift grows The Stem Cell Patient Fund’s capital and is part of the Fund perpetually.