OPACC is a distributor through our Parent Liaison program at SickKids. The Shield Initiative creates, designs, and delivers free wooden platforms for IV poles. Each shield is a work of art and each gorgeous design is unique. They are lovingly crafted by volunteer tech design and art students at Westmount Collegiate in Thornhill – each one is student designed and student created.
For more information and to request a shield, please visit their website at www.shieldinitiative.com.
They are also in need of volunteers, sponsors, and donations of materials to help support the program.
Important update (June 2017): The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) has raised safety concerns about the use of these shields in the hospital and, until they are addressed to their satisfaction, children will not be allowed to use their shields while in the hospital. As safety is a priority for everyone involved, we are working with The Shield Initiative and the hospital towards a goal of properly addressing these concerns. Until then, there are many other ways to re-purpose the shields, including using them as a table, a wall plaque (they are beautiful works of art!), or some other sort of way to honour your child's cancer journey.