The Kol Hope Fund at Sickkids

The Kol Hope Fund at Sick Kids was established to raise funds to help children with disabilities and chromosomal disorders, specifically, with a focus and the highest priority needs of SickKids Genetics Department to enable researchers and doctors to quickly discover innovations in research and care.


“We founded the Kol Hope Fund at Sick Kids in order to raise money for research that could lead to a cure for Trisomy-related disorders and chromosomal abnormalities,” says Melinda Rustia. President of Kol Hope Foundation for Children.

“Among our many accomplishments, we are proud to fund and support the genetics clinic at SickKids, which provides the best in family-centred and compassionate care for children with genetic disabilities, as well we are proud to support the Genetics team to lead in scientific and clinical research.”

“It’s emotional and very touching for me to be donating to the very hospital that took care of my son when he was alive. Kol would not have survived without the love and care of SickKids. Thank you SickKids. Our goal is to always help and support SickKids and all the “little Kols in the world .” says Jeff Rustia, Kol’s father, and Kol Hope Co-Founder.

Kol Hope Foundation is proud to be recognized among its impressive list of donors who have given contributions over $100,000 to the hospital.

“Kol Hope Foundation was established in memory of Kol Rustia, the beloved son of Jeff Rustia and grandson of Melinda Rustia. We are extremely grateful to them for the incredible support they provide through their fundraising efforts. Through formalized infrastructure, strong leadership and the support of generous donors such as Kol Hope Foundartion, the Centre for Genetic Medicine is transforming the way SickKids treat rare and common disorders, enhaving SickKids status as a global leader in the field,” says, Ted Garrard, President & CEO, SickKids Foundation.

Kol Hope Foundation joins other luminary corporations and organizations such as Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, General Mills, BMW Group Canada in it's support of SickKids