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Winners announced in the CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Lottery

01/10/2018 (Ottawa) Earlier today, the draws were made for the first and second prizes as well as the 50/50 cash prize in the sold-out 2017 CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Lottery during the CTV News at Noon.

We congratulate Sophie Rybak, ticket number 008514, who has won the Grand Prize package worth $1,799,000 that includes the Minto Dream Home with all furnishings by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, $100,000 in cash, a 2018 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 Double Cab from Myers Automotive Group, house cleaning for a year from Molly Maid, legal services from Mann Lawyers, moving services from Fred Guy Moving and Storage and a $5,000 gift card from Farm Boy.

Maria Rita, Hassan Afeltra and Abdul-Hussein, ticket number 065710, have won the second prize that is worth over $156,000 and includes $100,000 cash, a 2018 Nissan Rogue SL Platinum AWD from Myers Automotive Group, a $10,000 Gift Certificate from CF Rideau Centre, a trip for two to the Barcelo Bavaro Palace, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic from Marlin Travel and Transat, and an Ottawa Senators 300 Level Flex 20 Season Tickets Package.

The winners of the 50/50 Draw are David Hyde and Ruth Acton, ticket number 3377547. The jackpot reached a total of $1,141,345 which means David and Ruth will take home $570,672.50.

Ticket holders can check their tickets online at as of 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 11. A complete list of all winning numbers will also be available on the website. All winners will receive a confirmation letter from Miratel Solutions Inc. within two weeks detailing how to claim their prize.

The 2017 Dream of a Lifetime Lottery raised over $3.3 million to help the children, youth and families who rely on CHEO. The Foundation sincerely thanks all our ticket buyers and sponsors for helping to create this amazing success.

For more information contact:
Len Hanes
Director of Communications
CHEO Foundation
Work: (613) 737-2784
Cell: (613) 447-2741

Ongoing giving

These local and regional partners give to CHEO year-round:

SnowMowr is a locally owned and operated company that uses an app based business model to connect residents to professional snow/lawn contractors in order to request and complete one time snow removal and lawn care needs. Spin their “virtual wheel” and earn savings on your order – and a chance to win a full year of free snow removal!  SnowMowr will offer every customer the option to donate their order savings to CHEO and will also match 50% of all in-app donations. Email: or for more information

Poetry Book

Waves is a poetry collection summarizing my experience in the last 10 years with mental illness. It allows readers into my personal struggles, triumphs and all of the spaces between. While writing Waves, I highlighted the inner strength we all have while still acknowledging how hard it can be to access that strength at times. Waves will in-still a sense of support for readers and, hopefully, leave them feeling grounded.” Tara Melindy

To read more about Tara’s story:

To purchase a copy of this book:


Note: Book release date is April 23rd 2017 & a percentage of sales will go to CHEO’s mental health unit

nowthatimhere_coverNow That I’m Here is a children’s book that was written as a tribute to a very special little girl, Kate Drury, who passed away on November 30, 2015 at age eight. She died of a very rare form of mitochondrial disease called sideroblastic anemia, immune deficiency, fever and developmental delay (SIFD). Now That I’m Here is a personal story about young Kate; it also touches on universal themes, offering a way for families to teach their children about death, illness and disability. Our hope is that this special book can continue Kate’s legacy, spread awareness into mitochondrial disease and lead to better treatment. To purchase your English or French copy of this very touching story, please visit:

All profits will go to the CHEO Research Institute towards research into SIFD.




First Call Heating and Cooling is a locally owned company that provides outstanding heating and cooling services to Ottawa and its surrounding areas. Giving back to the community is important and so First Call Heating & Cooling will make a donation to CHEO for each job they do! Phone: 613-793-5044

OneforceONEFORCE™ Athletics will donate 25% of all net proceeds from online sales to Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Child Life Department Funds throughout North America. CHEO’s is the newest addition so sales within the Ottawa area will be in support of CHEO’s Child Life Program!

While you purchase a product that will bring you great health benefits, you will also be helping the little kids at CHEO!

25% of net proceeds for each product sold in the Ottawa area will be donated to CHEO!

As part of their community engagement, Henderson Security, a local business, decided to support Ottawa’s pediatric hospital by donating a portion of all new monitoring agreements will be donated to the CHEO Foundation. By supporting this local business, you will also support the thousands of patients that needs CHEO! The funds raised offer specialized medical care for children and youth, and also benefits future generations through medical education and scientific research.

Jumbo Pizza in Rockland will donate $2 to CHEO for each medium, large or extra large Nutella/Smarties pizza sold.

Go ahead, indulge!

Shumaker, a high end quality shoe store, is supporting CHEO!


Currently located at Place D’Orleans and soon to open at Carlingwood Mall, this family owned store is opening its eighth store in Canada and with two locations in Ottawa, they are happy to support CHEO by donating $1 for every pair of shoes or boots purchased.

For more information or to order online please visit Shumaker at

Pink Painters in support of CHEO Foundation


We will donate $50 with every contract.

The Pink Painters offer high standards full interior home painting services right here in Ottawa. We also offer wall repair, painting, carpentry, electrical update, plumbing update, handyman services, general repairs and more.

Visit our website to get to know our team and don’t forget to use the ‘Smart 10’ promo!

Let us make your beautiful home even more beautiful.

 Advanced Towing – Proudly Supporting CHEO

If you are looking for high quality and personal service, you’ve come to the right place. At Advanced Towing Ottawa they will give you the attention and personal service you’ll come to expect and enjoy. They offer the best prices in car removal and towing in the greater Ottawa area. Advanced Towing has over twenty years of experience.

advanced towingSo if you need a tow, want an old car removed or just want to scrap your car, Advanced Towing  team of experts are ready to help.

Advanced Towing & Recovery is operated in Ottawa and they serve the greater Ottawa area.  They pride themselves on going the extra mile to make you happy. A percentage of the proceeds are donated to CHEO.

Contact: Randy May at 613-262-9512

 Computer Recyclers Inc.

Computer Recyclers Inc. is a premier recycler in Ottawa for all e-waste. individuals and businesses can responsibly dispose of their computers and electronics free of charge to Computer Recyclers Inc. you only have to mention the word CHEO and 60% of the proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

For more information call: Computer Recyclers at 613-723-3135

 UPS store #112

Adil Ebrahim, Owner/Operator of UPS store #112 is donating 5% of sales every Wednesday on a year round basis to CHEO PLUS get a 10% discount on everything in the store simply by mentioning CHEO!. Adil’s family has received support from CHEO and this is his way of giving back to the hospital that helped his family.

Adil’s store is conveniently located at 1769 St. Laurent Boulevard and he will be happy to serve you and help CHEO’s kids at the same time!

The Calumnist Malefesto: And Other Improbable Yarns Paperback by Benoit Chartier (Author)

An eclectic new collection of twelve short stories, The Calumnist Malefesto: And Other Improbable Yarns offers a glimpse into important and universal themes in today’s culture while employing an enjoyable and unique approach. For every paperback sold, $2 will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

 Severe Nature

Severe Nature is a new Ottawa-based clothing company raising money for CHEO through a fundraiser called the 99 Project. Staff at Severe Nature chose CHEO because they recognize the importance of helping children in our community be their healthiest. They understand that every donation, no matter how big or how small, can make a difference and with that in mind came up with their own way of giving back. For every purchase made at their online store, 99 cents will be donated to CHEO. Please visit to check out their items and make your purchase.


CP Women’s Open Awarded 2017 Best Charity / Community Engagement on LPGA Tour

Canada’s National Women’s Open Golf Championship honoured by LPGA Tournament Owners Association for the CP Has Heart charity campaign which raised more than $2 million in support of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario


OTTAWA (Golf Canada) – The success of the 2017 CP Women’s Open continued this past week as the LPGA Tournament Owners Association (TOA) presented Golf Canada and Canadian Pacific (CP) with a Gold Driver Award for Best Charity / Community Engagement among all LPGA Tour events.

The annual TOA Gold Driver Awards were hosted in conjunction with the LPGA’s season-ending CME Group Tour Championship at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla. The TOA was formally established in 1990 and is composed of owned and operated LPGA Tour events.

As part of their sponsorship of the event, Canadian Pacific through its CP Has Heart campaign, raised $2 million in support for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) to help fund a renovated catheterization lab and interventional suite.

“This award is the result of a total team effort and we share it with our friends at CHEO and countless community supporters, as well as CP’s staff, event partners and our CP golf ambassadors Brooke Henderson and Lorie Kane,” said Keith Creel, CP President and Chief Executive Officer. “CP supports heart health because it is an issue that touches so many Canadians. Together with our partners at Golf Canada and everyone involved with the CP Women’s Open, we are proud to leave a lasting charitable legacy in Ottawa through CP Has Heart in support of CHEO’s incredible work.”

The total charity contribution was the result of several fundraising activities tied to the CP Has Heart campaign. Through CP Birdies for Heart, CP contributed $5,000 for each birdie made by a player on the 15th hole at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club during tournament play with a total of 45 birdies representing a $225,000 donation. CP also matched all donations made online at from April 1 to the end of the tournament.

In the four years of CP’s title sponsorship of the CP Women’s Open, $6.5 million has been raised to support children’s heart health in Canada.

“it is incredibly rewarding to see the CP Has Heart campaign honoured by the LPGA Tournament Owners with a Gold Driver Award for Best Charity/Community Engagement,” said Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum. “Thanks to tremendous fan, player and partner support, the 2017 CP Women’s Open was a resounding success and it is most deserving that CP’s community impact has been recognized with this meaningful award.”

The 2017 CP Women’s Open saw rookie sensation Sung Hyun Park card a final-round 64 to capture Canada’s National Open Golf Championship just weeks after earning her U.S. Women’s Open title.  Park went on to share Rolex Player of the Year honors with fellow Korean So Yeon Ryu, making her the first player since Nancy Lopez in 1978 to win both Player and Rookie of the Year honours in the same season.

The 2018 CP Women’s Open will mark the first time the province of Saskatchewan will host a major LPGA Tour event when the world’s best players challenge Regina’s Wascana Country Club August 20-26, 2018. Through the CP Has Heart campaign, CP will once again make a substantial donation to the host community by supporting pediatric cardiology at the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital, which is currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2019.

Information regarding tickets and corporate hospitality for the 2018 CP Women’s Open can be found at

LCBO raises funds for Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

Starting on December 1st, the public can help support CHEO by making a donation at any of the more than 650 LCBO stores throughout Ontario. Donation boxes for CHEO will be displayed at LCBO checkout counters until December 31, 2017.

This year funds from the LCBO’s Giving Back in our Community Campaign will support a number of initiatives at CHEO including the purchase of a heart lung bypass machine. This machine temporarily takes over the function of the heart and lungs during open heart surgeries. On average, CHEO’s cardiac team performs two to three open heart surgeries a week. In addition to helping CHEO purchase lifesaving equipment, the LCBO’s Giving Back in our Community Campaign will continue to support ground-breaking research being done on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and provide critical training to our emergency staff to treat and support young patients that are struggling with addiction.

“LCBO continues to be a dedicated and loyal supporter of the children and youth at CHEO. The combined dedication between LCBO staff and the customers they serve makes a huge difference in the lives of the families who rely on CHEO,” says Kevin Keohane, President and CEO of the CHEO Foundation. “Their efforts and generosity are greatly appreciated by both the doctors, nurses and staff at CHEO, and the young patients they care for every day. ”

“The incredible generosity of our customers combined with the commitment of our staff is what makes our Giving Back in our Community Campaign so significant. We are proud to have raised close to $600,000 for CHEO last year – supporting not only important funding for alcohol-related clinical study, but the purchasing of lifesaving equipment and technology,” said George Soleas, President & CEO, LCBO. “I am confident that this year’s campaign will be even more successful and that, by working together, we continue our support of children and families who rely on the incredible services CHEO provides.”

All LCBO retail locations, over 660 across the province, take part in the campaign which last year raised a record $5.6 million. Donation boxes will be displayed at LCBO checkout counters and customer service representatives will invite shoppers to add a $2, $5 or $10 donation with their purchase.

CHEO thanks the public for its support when shopping at their local LCBO store from December 1 to 31, 2017.


Len Hanes
Director of Communications
CHEO Foundation
(613) 737-2784


LCBO Press Office

Fairmont Château Laurier celebrates 20 years of Trees of Hope for CHEO!

Ottawa, November 24, 2017 – on Monday, November 27, the Fairmont Château Laurier is hosting the 20th Anniversary edition of its signature fundraising event, Trees of Hope for CHEO. Since its inception in 1997, this event has grown into what many consider the ‘official kick off’ to the festive season in Ottawa. The Fairmont is always a very generous and gracious host. Corporate teams exercise their creativity and engage in friendly competition through the tree decorating portion of the evening, all while raising funds for the children and youth at CHEO. Categories for the tree decorating competition this year are: Frozen in Time to mark the event’s 20th anniversary and O Canada! in keeping with Canada 150 celebrations. The sparkling holiday trees are placed throughout the majestic castle and remain on display for all to enjoy.

During the holiday season, the Fairmont Château Laurier welcomes over 8,000 visitors who have a chance to cast a vote in the People’s Choice Awards through donation boxes until January 4, 2018. The corporate tree sponsorship fees and donations from the public through the People’s Choice Awards are combined with the proceeds from the auction and are donated directly to CHEO. Last year more than $108,000 was raised to help families that rely on care at CHEO.

The Trees of Hope Silent Auction and Lighting Ceremony offers over 150 auction items including a variety of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts experiences, spa packages, art, toys and so much more. There is also a raffle for high end prizes! Here’s how the night unfolds:

– Teams begin decorating their trees at 4:45 p.m.
– Tree Lighting Ceremony and Silent Auction begin at 6:30 p.m.
– Silent Auction wraps up and raffle draw winners announced at 8:00 p.m.

While this year’s event is full to capacity with both Corporate Tree entries and attendees, our friends in the media are still invited to cover the event.

For more information please contact:

Deneen Perrin
Director, Public Relations
Fairmont Château Laurier
(613) 562-7001

CHEO’s Dream of a Lifetime Lottery – SOLD OUT

11/18/17 – OTTAWA – The CHEO Foundation has announced that all tickets for the 2017 Dream of a Lifetime Lottery have been sold, guaranteeing there will be 70,500 tickets in the drum for the upcoming Grand Prize Draws. This year’s 50/50 Draw Jackpot is currently over $880,000.

Over 32,000 people toured the Minto Dream Home during the campaign and this year’s Dream of a Lifetime Lottery will net over $3.2 million for the kids at CHEO.

Prize Draws Still To Come

The Early Bird draws will take place on Monday, December 18 and Tuesday, December 19, 2017. 2,600 bonus tickets will be drawn on December 18 and the Early Bird prize package will be drawn on December 19 and shown during the CTV News at Noon! This amazing package is worth over $111,000 includes a 2018 Ram 1500 ST Quad Cab 4×4 from Myers Automotive Group (or $36,000 cash), a 2017 Sea Ray SPX 190 boat (or $42,000 cash), a $10,000 Cabela’s Gift Card, and a trip for two to the Barcelo Maya Colonial in Riviera Maya, Mexico from Marlin Travel and Transat.

A list of Early Bird winning numbers will be posted at as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

All of the remaining prize draws will be made on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 with the exception of the second prize, 50/50 draw, and the $1,799,000 grand prize draws which will be shown during the CTV News at Noon on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

A complete list of winning numbers will be posted at as of 5 p.m. on January 11, 2018. The Grand Prize winner’s name will be printed in The Ottawa Citizen on Friday, January 12, 2018.

Complete prize details can be found at

On behalf of the children, youth and families who rely on CHEO, The CHEO Foundation would like to thank the community for the incredible support that has resulted in this year’s sell-out. We also want to thank all of our prize sponsors, media partners and everyone who makes the Dream of a Lifetime Lottery a reality. You help provide the necessary equipment, training and research that enable the doctors, nurses and staff at CHEO to care for families now, and in the future.

For more information contact:

Len Hanes
Director of Communications
CHEO Foundation
(613) 737-2784

Sporting Life celebrates second year of partnership with Ski for Kids event for CHEO

On Monday, November 13, Sporting Life is hosting a private in-store event to celebrate their second year of sponsorship for the annual Ski for Kids event that benefits the kids at CHEO and The Children’s Aid Society.

Ski for Kids, in its 28th year, is an event in which teams enjoy a full day of skiing and camaraderie at Mont Saint Marie to benefit children and youth in Ottawa.

This celebration of Sporting Life’s annual $25,000 donation and three-year commitment will be the official kick off to the annual Ski for Kids event. This generous donation will encourage organizers to fundraise over $1,000,000 for the CHEO Foundation and The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa over a period of three years.

We invite the media to attend this special evening.
(All guests will enjoy in-store discounts for the evening.)

What: 2017 Ski for Kids Launch
When: Monday, November 13, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Sporting Life Lansdowne, 125 Marché Way, Bank Street
Who: Derek Noble, Co-Chair, Ski for Kids Committee
Tom McKenna, Co-Chair, Ski for Kids Committee
Hank Shannon, Store Manager, Sporting Life
Walter Noble, Executive Director, Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa
Nick Francis, CHEO Ambassador

For more information, please contact:

Len Hanes
Director of Communications
CHEO Foundation
(613) 447-2741

CHEO’s Dream of a Lifetime Lottery EARLY BIRD DEADLINE JUST 10 DAYS AWAY!

The Early Bird Deadline in CHEO’s Dream of a Lifetime Lottery is midnight Friday, November 17th. This year’s incredible Early Bird prize package worth over $111,000 includes a 2018 Ram 1500 ST Quad Cab 4×4 from Myers Automotive Group (or $36,000 cash), a 2017 Sea Ray SPX 190 boat (or $42,000 cash), a $10,000 Cabela’s Gift Card, and a trip for two to the Barcelo Maya Colonial in Riviera Maya, Mexico from Marlin Travel and Transat. You could also win one of 2,600 Early Bird bonus tickets that will give you another shot at the array of prizes in the final draws.

The 50/50 Draw is back and open to anyone purchasing Dream of a Lifetime Lottery tickets. 50/50 tickets are one for $10, five for $25 or 15 for $50. Last year’s winner took home over $539,000.

Of course, everyone with a Dream of a Lifetime Lottery ticket, including the Early Bird winner, will be eligible for the incredible Grand Prize which features the magnificent Minto Dream Home fully furnished by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries. The Grand Prize package is worth over $1,799,000.

Operators are standing by 24/7 to take ticket orders. Tickets are $100 each or three for $250.

What: Dream of a Lifetime Lottery Early Bird Prize deadline

When: Midnight, Friday, November 17, 2017

How: Order now by calling (613) 722-KIDS (5437) or 1-877-562-5437 or online at

For more information contact:

Len Hanes
Director of Communications
CHEO Foundation
(613) 737-2784

Sun Life Financial and Canada’s children’s hospitals form unprecedented partnership to fight type 2 diabetes. Donation creates the Sun Life Financial Child and Youth Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Initiative

TORONTO, ON – (October 12, 2017) — Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX: SLF) (NYSE: SLF) proudly announces the launch of the Sun Life Financial Child and Youth Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Initiative, funded by a $2 million commitment to Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations (“CCHF”). This first of its kind, national initiative, harnesses the power of Canada’s 13 pediatric hospitals to provide preventative strategies and promote a healthier future for children at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

“Awareness and education are the greatest tools we have to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes,” said Lisa Ritchie, Senior Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Life Financial. “We’re honoured to be able to team up with Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations and their network of esteemed pediatric experts to make a positive impact in our communities and continue our fight against the disease.”

Since announcing a global commitment to diabetes in 2012, Sun Life’s Team Up Against Diabetes platform has focused support on diabetes awareness, prevention, care and research. The partnership with CCHF is a new initiative that will allow Sun Life and the hospital network to work together to positively influence children and youth to live healthier lives with the goal of preventing type 2 diabetes.

Through the Sun Life Financial Child and Youth Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Initiative, diabetes experts at children’s hospitals across Canada will create educational resources to promote the prevention of type 2 diabetes. These include:

• A toolkit for health-care professionals to help address obesity and its related risks in a sensitive and effective manner (handouts and videos).

• A Resource Hub for families and health-care professionals, serving as a reliable source of consistent and approved healthy living information.

• A Recipe Blog targeted at teens featuring healthy recipes.

• Food Skills and Facilitator’s Guide focused on teaching nutrition literacy to teens.

All 13 of CCHF’s member hospitals will have access to these resources to share with and educate the communities they serve, raising awareness of the importance of type 2 diabetes prevention in children.

“We are grateful to Sun Life Financial for this generous gift and commend our newest corporate partner for helping to create a national collaboration working to address this children’s health issue,” says Mark Hierlihy, President and CEO, CCHF. “The work that will result from this partnership will help fill a gap by providing standardized and consistent advice and tools for families”

The 13 member hospital foundations that comprise CCHF are: Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation; IWK Foundation; CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation; The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation; Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Foundation; SickKids Foundation; McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation; Children’s Health Foundation; The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba; Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation; Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation; Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation; and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Sun Life Financial is focused on helping people achieve lifetime financial security and live healthier lives, taking a holistic approach to supporting the well-being of our clients, employees and communities with the end goal of helping to achieve physical, mental and financial resiliency both now and in the future. Sun Life has proudly committed more than $22 million in support of diabetes awareness, prevention, care and research initiatives since announcing support of the cause.

Sun Life Financial in the community

At Sun Life Financial, we are committed to building sustainable, healthier communities for life and we’re proud to hold the Caring Company designation from Imagine Canada. Community wellness is an important part of our sustainability commitment and we believe that by actively supporting the communities in which we live and work, we can help build a positive environment for our Clients, Employees, advisors and shareholders. Our philanthropic support focuses on two key areas: health, with an emphasis on diabetes awareness, prevention, care and research initiatives through our Team Up Against DiabetesTM platform; and arts and culture, through our award-winning Making the Arts More Accessible TM program. We also partner with sports properties in key markets to further our commitment to healthy and active living. Our Employees and advisors take great pride in volunteering over 40,000 hours each year and contribute to making life brighter for individuals and families across Canada. Read more about Sun Life Financial in the community.

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

About Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations (CCHF)

Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations (CCHF), established in 2017, is a not-for-profit organization that raises funds for a national network of hospital foundations as the largest single, non-government funder of child health in Canada. CCHF continues to receive generous support through donors within Children’s Miracle Network® as well as contributions from new companies and donors. Together, our donors help expand the impact through Canada’s children’s hospitals from coast to coast, which see the most critical cases, saving the lives of sick and injured children. For more information, please visit

Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars.

Media Relations Contact:

Yasna Criscione
Manager, Corporate Communications
Sun Life Financial
T. 416-204-8110

Between the Lights for CHEO

September 14, 2017 was an unseasonably warm evening, perfect to be Between the Lights at Metropolitan Brasserie and the 700 Sussex Courtyard enjoying savoury treats, premium libations and an entertaining live auction to benefit cancer care and research at CHEO!

Some of Ottawa’s movers and shakers from local community groups and supporting sponsors like Alti Construction, Mattamy Homes, Main and Main and EllisDon were all decked out in Black and White and made some generous bids in support of cancer care and research at CHEO.

The month of September is designated as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and during the festivities revelers took pause to hear from Dr. Lesleigh Abbott who talked about her work at CHEO treating kids with cancer. Darlene Mercer, mother of Ryan Mercer, a CHEO oncology patient who inspired the event, shared her family’s experience. Ryan was diagnosed with Stage 4 Ewing Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of childhood bone cancer that requires a treatment protocol that includes compressed chemotherapy and radiation. Darlene’s hero, Ryan, attended sporting a dapper bow tie and his trademark freckles and sparkle. We want to thank the tireless organizing committee headed up by Casey Dowling, Ryan’s cousin, for their hard work. More than $20,000 was raised at this inaugural gala, and everyone at CHEO is excited to watch this event grow into 2018 and beyond.