OTTAWA, May 7, 2017 – It was a record setting day for oncology patients at CHEO as the CN Cycle for CHEO event brought in over $978,319 for pediatric oncology care and research. Thousands of people gathered at the Canadian War Museum to cycle, skate and walk in a show of tremendous community support. The cheers from the crowd were loud and proud when the total was announced and the smiles on the faces of the three CHEO patients who make up the McDonald’s Dream Team told the whole story. Ten year old Jonah Schnubb, eight year old Katie Morrow, and 17 year old Kwayza Dias represented all CHEO cancer patients during the CN Cycle for CHEO campaign and were on stage for the big announcement.
David Miller, Assistant Vice President of Government Relations for CN said, “Everyone at CN takes great pride in the CN Cycle for CHEO and we are always overwhelmed by the support we receive from the people in the National Capital Region. To consistently grow our total each year is a testament to how much people care about pediatric healthcare. We want to thank everyone for being part of this amazing day for CHEO’s cancer patients.”
Just prior to the start of the Esso 15K Cycle & In-line Skate the annual “Tori’s Angels” tribute was held as a memorial to all of the children at CHEO whose lives have been cut short by cancer. The tribute is named after Tori Carswell, member of the 2002 Dream Team who lost her battle with cancer in 2004 at the age of nine years old. Also honoured were past Dream Team members Hannah Billings, Evan Simms and Molly Robillard who also lost their lives to cancer.
“At any given time, CHEO is involved in the care of more than 500 children affected by cancer. On behalf of these patients and their families we can’t say thank you enough for your support,” says Kevin Keohane, CHEO Foundation President and CEO. “This event is a huge undertaking and our volunteers and sponsors deserve recognition. These dedicated people play a huge role in the success we have each year. Their efforts, along with our incredible title sponsor CN and the thousands of amazing participants have allowed us to make a real difference in the lives of oncology patients at CHEO.”
This year 195 teams took part in the Ottawa Citizen Team Challenge. The top corporate team is Ericsson Voyageurs who brought in a total of $73,884; the top non-corporate team is Team Molly, raising $36,690; and the top individual fundraiser is David Logan, who raised $9,050.
CN has been the title sponsor of this event since 2009. Proceeds from CN Cycle for CHEO benefit the CHEO Foundation, Candlelighters and Ronald McDonald House, and in turn, children and families affected by cancer.
Proceeds from CN Cycle for CHEO will be presented during the CHEO Telethon on CTV which airs on June 10 and 11, 2017.
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