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Jewish Genetic Diseases Screening Update

Our second annual Genetics Awareness Week held November 20th to the 27th was a great success, as was the genetics screening clinic held on Sunday, November 27th at Mount Sinai Hospital.  Almost 100 people attended to be screened and over 1,000 referred to our website for information about Ashkenazi Genetic Diseases.  If you were unable to attend […]


Jakes Gigantic Give 2012

THEY DISCOVERED THE POWER OF GIVING… … at the 2012 Jake’s Gigantic Give held at the former Kromer Radio Building. Hundreds of children and their parents attended over a two day period at the end of November 2012. They had their family photo taken, met their volunteer angels, read their Mission Cards and then went […]


Jacob’s Ladder, ECHOage and Birthday Celebrations!

Birthday Wishes, Birthday Gifts – Give your child the opportunity to give back to Jacob’s Ladder, the Canadian Foundation for Control of Neurodegenerative Disease through ECHOage the next time they celebrate their big day!Half the money raised online in honour of their birthday will support the work of Jacob’s Ladder and the other half will […]


Jake’s Gigantic Give

Support Jacob’s Ladder and Shop ’til you drop at Between now and December 31st Jake will continue to give when we give! will donate 15% of ALL proceeds (before tax and shipping, if applicable) to Jacob’s Ladder! Use the CODE: JakeGives at checkout! Jake’s Gigantic Give was a huge success! Please visit our […]

Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah

In May 2010, Jacob became a Bar Mitzvah! The Village Shul opened up to a spiritual ceremony of love, infinite opportunities and true miracles. Rabbi Hoch spoke about Jacob and Jacob’s life in ways that we couldn’t even imagine. As the choir sang, Jacob sang along. He knew that this wasn’t any ordinary day. Back […]

Spring on the Catwalk!

In May Orange Yellow Spa in Aurora held an outstanding event called ‘Spring on the Catwalk’ which included a live auction, silent auction, fantastic food and music and an AMAZING fashion show. Jeff and Lisa Barkley, owners of the spa, discovered Jacob’s Ladder through our website and were hooked. Our thanks to Jeff, Lisa […]

Good things come in Small Packages

Our smallest supporters come up with some amazing ways to raise funds such as the sale of lemonade, cookies, handmade creations at sidewalk storefronts and donations to Jacob’s Ladder in honour of their party guests rather than provide loot bags. This year one such industrious group is the Glickman brothers – Sonny (7), Dylan (5) […]

Defying the odds, his life inspires all

NANCY J. WHITE – Toronto Star LIVING REPORTER Child with Canavan disease is at heart of program to help schoolchildren learn empathy. At 2 months old, Jacob Schwartz’s head still flopped and his eyes didn’t track. After weeks of tests, the doctor finally gave his parents the diagnosis. All strung together were the worst words […]