Adoptive Parents Tara and Amanda from Hamilton are well acquainted with the services at McMaster Children’s Hospital, as they have adopted several children with complex physical and developmental needs.

Their adult son was born with a rare genetic disorder that causes abnormal brain development. Likewise, their adult daughter was hospitalized as an infant multiple times for encephalitis – an inflammation of the brain. She also received care throughout her childhood in the DPRP.

Tara and Amanda’s third adopted child, DoraLee, currently receives care at McMaster Children’s Hospital, including Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre. DoraLee was born prematurely at McMaster Children’s Hospital. She spent some time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after. From birth, DoraLee received occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech therapy as part of the DPRP at Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre. Now a teenager, DoraLee continues to receive occupational and physiotherapy at Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre to enhance her mobility.

DoraLee was selected to be a MacKids Ambassador for the upcoming MacKids Walk & Wheel on June 1 .

All ages are encouraged to register and fundraise to help us achieve our goal of $200,000 in support of highest priority needs at McMaster Children’s Hospital, including Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre.

To register and fundraise, or to read the stories of other MacKids Ambassadors, visit Those wishing to sponsor or donate prizes may contact Milaina Wright at 905-521-2100 ext. 76787 or

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