Families rock out in support of high-risk births

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Mount Sinai Hospital is launching a new fundraising walk this fall that will be the only walk in Toronto focused on the critically-important care of high-risk births, an area of care where Mount Sinai leads internationally. Called Rock n’ Stroll, the 3 km walk will boast a parade of baby strollers and feature a day of rock n’ roll-themed activities for the whole family such as musical performances, kid-friendly games, a family marketplace and BBQ.

“Rock n’ Stroll is a great way to rally the community around Women’s and Infants’ Health, Mount Sinai’s largest and most renowned program,” says Kevin Goldthorp, President of Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation. “The funds raised will help support the resources, facilities and equipment to deliver this specialized care to moms and babies.”

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Mount Sinai delivers 7,000 babies per year and two-thirds of the pregnancies Mount Sinai cares for are considered high-risk, more than any other hospital in the GTA.  High-risk pregnancy factors can include existing chronic health conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes, age, lifestyle factors, or multiples or if the growing baby has a condition such as Down’s syndrome or other developmental  issues. Women whose pregnancies are considered high-risk often require increased monitoring and special interventions or treatments.

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Patients from across Ontario and Canada come to Mount Sinai for its expertise in high-risk obstetrics where they have access to a multi-disciplinary team of specialists to help them feel confident, supported and safe during their journey into motherhood. Rock n’ Stroll was created to engage these grateful mothers and their families and friends for a fun day that supports the Hospital.

Rock n’ Stroll will take place September 28 starting at 10 a.m. in Earl Bales Park in Toronto. The event is expected to attract over 500 families for the walk. It costs $25 to sign up a family or team or $10 for an individual.  Participants are encouraged to raise an additional $100 to support Mount Sinai. For more information, or to register visit: www.rocknstroll.ca.

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