Raising Awareness about 22q in UHN

22q is not a well-known condition, even among medical professionals. In order to raise awareness, we displayed our infographic about 22q on the computers of the University Health Network from November 20th to 27th, 2021, and we will be doing it again from November 19th to 26th, 2022. The healthcare professionals we aim to reach are those who work at the Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital, and Toronto Rehab – University Centre.

Please feel free click to download the following infographic in jpg or pdf format. Together, let’s raise awareness for 22q!

22q infographic

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Lighting the CN Tower in Red!

CN Tower in Red (close up) 2021-11-22 CN Tower in Red 2021-11-22

The CN Tower was lit up in red to raise awareness for 22q on November 22nd, 2021!

The weather condition was excellent, and we could spot the red CN Tower even from 30 km away. Nevertheless, seeing the tower in close proximity was a real experience. The most recognizable Toronto landmark was majestic when lit in bright red. Of course, we keep in mind the true meaning of this event - we want to let Toronto and even the whole world know about 22q, an under-recognized condition that affects 1 in 2,148 live births.

We chose November 22nd (“22/11”) as a play on the name of the condition, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (“22q”). The lighting of the CN Tower was part of the “Luces por el 22q/Lighting the 22q” international awareness movement that began in Spain in 2018. Buildings in Spain, Germany, Belgium, Finland and the city of Philadelphia, United States, were lit up as part of the movement on the 22nd of November in previous years. Now joining this international awareness movement is Toronto – a national leader in providing care for families through clinics at the Toronto General Hospital and at SickKids Hospital, and in internationally renowned research into adult outcomes and genetics.

To see more photos of the CN Tower in red, please open this Google Photo folder.

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