The story of the Nancy-Griffon Foundation actually began in 1886 with the creation of the Macklin Medical Mission back in May of 1886 as the Macklin Medical Mission by Dr. William E. Macklin  Dr. Alfred H. Macklin, Dr. Christine S. Macklin and Dr. Daisy M. Macklin from the University of Toronto all of whom specialized in paediatric medicine. This team along with other doctors established a number of medical missions around the world primarily in Dublin Ireland, Bombay India and Nanking China, all of which eventually became medical colleges.


This was 41 years before the the first Charitable Tax Act of 1927 was enacted in Canada and 85 years before Doctors without Borders was created.

The early Directors of the the Mission, and later the Foundation incorporated in 1978, had a great interest in Canada’s maritime heritage and as a result became involved in the story of two famous Canadian vessels from our past, these being HMS Nancy from the War of 1812 and Sieur Frontenac’s Le Griffon. The former was a great success with the recovery of the wreck of the Nancy in 1923, again with the University of Toronto. the then Editor of the olde Toronto Telegram and the subsequent formation of the Nancy Island Museum in Wasaga Beach.


After a short hiatus involving the Province of Ontario and Bi-Centennial celebrations of the War of 1812 from 2012 to 2014 the Directors of the Nancy-Griffon Foundation are returning to the mission at hand, as it were, and are once again focused on paediatric care this time involving childhood leukaemia. In 2012 and through our contact with several cancer clinics in the US, particularly Philadelphia, dealing with the very successful cure for childhood leukaemia the Foundation has both suggested and requested that the Philadelphia clinical team come to Toronto to set up a clinic to deal with children here in Canada. This will then facilitate and permit a referral point for doctors in Canada.


This clinical trial which aims to be on a go-forward basis the new gold standard in the treatment of paediatric leukaemia. It does not involve the age old and largely failed process of chemotherapy and/or radiology and/or surgery and all its inherent risks for the young patient. The cure rate is almost 98% without any side-affects. This process involves using the patient’s own white blood cells in combination with either T-Cells or B-Cells to affect a permanent cure.


We hope to raise $24 million and sincerely hope that you will join us in this truly exciting new program. We thank you.



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