The people of eastern Ontario and western Quebec spoke louder than ever before by making the 34th annual edition of the CHEO Telethon on CTV a record-breaking success. The final total of $8,727,897 will help the doctors, nurses, researchers and staff at CHEO, The Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC) and Roger Neilson House continue to provide the outstanding family-centered care that people in our region have come to expect.
Be a Hero for CHEO has been the call to action from the CHEO Foundation as they spread the word about the biggest event on their annual calendar. When the 24-hour broadcast came to an end at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening, CHEO Foundation President and CEO Kevin Keohane was thankful for an astoundingly loyal community. “Everyone at CHEO, OCTC, Roger Neilson House and The CHEO Research Institute work as one team, dedicated to helping children live their best lives possible,” explained Keohane. “The reason they can continue to provide such amazing care is because the people in our region care so deeply for the kids. Donations and public support mean the world to the families who need CHEO and on their behalf we thank all who gave, for their dedication and unwavering support during the telethon and all year long.”
The annual broadcast, which ran from 7 p.m. Saturday to 7 p.m. on Sunday, is an opportunity for the hospital to tell patient stories and introduce viewers to some of the doctors, nurses and staff who dedicate their lives to caring for the children and youth in our region. It also allows CHEO, OCTC, Roger Neilson House and The CHEO Research Institute to demonstrate the massive impact donations have on patient care and to recognize some of the supporters, volunteers and major contributors who help make this record-breaking total possible.
The final dollar total includes money presented to the CHEO Foundation from special fundraising events and activities conducted throughout the year, as well as phone and online donations made by viewers during the CHEO Telethon.
Proceeds will help CHEO purchase specialized medical equipment, make much needed renovations within the hospital, and conduct life-saving research in areas such as cancer, youth mental health and childhood obesity. Telethon funds will also help us improve the kid-friendly nature of the hospital by purchasing games, toys and crafts to make a patient’s stay at CHEO as comfortable as possible.
For more information contact:
CHEO Foundation – Director of Communications