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Herbie Fund history

Herbie Quinones of Brooklyn, New York, was born with a rare birth deficit that made it difficult for him to breathe. He needed a unique operation that was only available at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. SickKids surgeons offered to perform the surgery without a fee, but Herbie’s family could not afford to pay the other hospital costs.

After reading about Herbie in the newspaper, Paul and Gina Godfrey rallied friends and corporations to donate money generously to cover Herbie’s hospital costs. In February 1979, seven-month-old Herbie received his life-saving operation, and Herbie Fund was established.

Please help

With your generous support, SickKids and Herbie Fund can help children who are waiting for access to a healthy future.

Donate to Herbie Fund

To donate by phone, please call our Herbie Fund Hotline at 416.813.7812.

Become a member

Help us organize and plan charitable events for an annual fee of $150.
Register to be a Member online.


Attend a Herbie Fund event, or host your own fundraiser.
Call the Herbie Hotline: 416.813.7812

Contact us
Herbie Fund c/o SickKids Foundation
525 University Avenue, 14th Floor
Toronto, ON M5G 2L3
Fax: 46.813.5024

Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more.

Thank you to our volunteers

We cannot do the work without the volunteers who spend countless hours preparing, planning, and supporting our great events. Thank you, we can not say this often enough!