LCBO employees and generous customers inspired by brave CHEO patient

This month LCBO stores throughout Ontario are giving back in a big way thanks to a dedicated team of employees, generous customers and the inspiration of a brave young man.


Photo caption: Nick (second from left) was given a suit from Moores Clothing For Men. Mark Mason, Director Retail Operations, Eastern Regional Office, LCBO Karen Richardson-Norris, District Manager – District 26, Eastern Regional Office, LCBO Teddy Jack Defazio, Manager, Moores Clothing For Men

CHEO patient Nick Francis is nothing short of a medical miracle. Last year he was struck by a car and sustained major brain trauma. It was unclear if he would survive. But with CHEO’s help and his own determination Nick is getting his life back. He is grateful to his medical team and is delighted to spread the CHEO message.

On Dec.1 Nick spoke to a group of LCBO employees at the launch of their Giving Back in our Community campaign. He shared his story (which you can watch here from the 2016 Telethon) that helped those in attendance truly understand the importance of CHEO in this community.

This year funds from the LCBO’s Giving Back in our Community Campaign will support a number of initiatives at CHEO including the upgrade of the hospital’s patient monitors. These monitors are used every day, by every patient and measure patients’ temperature, pulse, breathing rate, and blood pressure. This vital information is fed back to the central nursing stations along with ongoing updates about the patient’s condition. This upgrade is just one example of necessary equipment upgrades that LCBO’s Giving Back in our Community campaign supports.

“Our partnership with LCBO is one that we are extremely thankful for. The combined dedication between LCBO staff and the customers they serve makes a huge difference in the lives of the children and youth who need CHEO each and every year,” 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.”

CHEO thanks the public for its support when shopping at their local LCBO store between November 27th and December 31st. Cashiers will be inviting customers to add a $2, $5 or $10 donation to their purchase. Across Ontario, donations will also go to the province’s other children’s hospitals and to MADD Canada, too.