Video: McMillan supports the Pro Bono Family Legal Health Program at the Hospital for Sick Children 

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June 3, 2010

Charolette Desbiens was born with a rare congenital heart disease and spent the first four months of her life at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. Her parents, Cindy and Jeff, regularly travelled between their home in Waterloo and SickKids to care for her.

When the Desbiens tried to claim a tax credit for their travel expenses, their claim was denied on the basis that their presence was unnecessary and that Cindy and Jeff were simply visiting.

Cindy was referred to McMillan tax lawyers Michael Friedman, Ryan Morris and Michael Templeton through Pro Bono Law Ontario (PBLO) and the Family Legal Health Program. McMillan readily agreed to take on Cindy's case pro bono.

See Charolette's story and learn more about the Family Legal Health Program here.

The Family Legal Health Program is a partnership with parties including SickKids, PBLO and McMillan LLP. The program provides access to legal resources that help mitigate the social and economic strains that can arise when a child requires long-term pediatric care.