Friends of Tie Domi honour hockey hero with donation to SickKids



    TORONTO, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - "The Friends of Tie Domi" are honouring the
Toronto hockey hero with a donation of $1 million in his name to SickKids
Foundation to fund a major redesign of the current rehabilitation department
at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Plans were announced today for a
newly-renovated facility to be named, 'The Friends of Tie Domi Rehabilitation
Clinic.' Renovations are scheduled to start in November 2007, with the new
clinic expected to open February 2008.
    A dedicated group of friends and local business leaders spearheaded by
Toronto businessman Leonard Latchman and his wife Lori who inspired and drove
the initiative, joined forces to recognize the contribution of Tie Domi's
hockey career to the City of Toronto. Mr. Domi, inspired by his friends'
generosity has also made a personal donation to help make the improved clinic
possible.
    "When he was on the ice, Tie was clearly 100 per cent committed to
excellence," said Mr. Latchman. "Consistent with his career and the
personality of SickKids, this updated facility will honour our friend by
celebrating Tie's love for children, his love of 'play' and his deep
connection to this hospital as an institution greatly in need of our support."
    "I can hardly imagine a facility that I would be more proud to have my
name associated with," said Mr. Domi. "I am privileged to have friends willing
to commit their time, and resources to make this redesigned centre possible.
It will create new chances and better choices for countless children."
    SickKids occupational and physiotherapists, through the rehabilitation
program, manage close to 35,000 patient attendances each year and deal with
some of the most complex, acute rehabilitation needs from critical care and
transplant patients to burn and cystic fibrosis patients.
    "Rehabilitation is an area of care that touches the majority of patients
recovering at SickKids," said Irene Ushycky, Director of Rehabilitation
Services at SickKids. "Our therapists start by working with patients in their
room because they are unable to physically come down to the rehabilitation
department. It is a huge milestone in their recovery process when patients can
visit the facility for treatment and now they will be able to celebrate that
milestone in a bright new space."
    Gluckstein Design donated their world-renowned services in creating a
vision for the new clinic to redesign, redecorate and refurbish this valued
space, maximizing its function and efficiency.
    Once complete the new facility will be equipped with Tie Domi and Maple
Leaf memorabilia, giving patients a special sense of excitement as they work
toward their recovery.
    Kaboose, a family-focused online media company, supported by Solutions
with Impact have also joined 'The Friends of Tie Domi' in their efforts to
raise money for SickKids. Kaboose is offering an online draw that includes a
chance to skate with the hockey legend along with priceless autographed
merchandise. For additional ways to give to SickKids in honour of Tie Domi,
visit www.kaboose.com/friendsoftie.
    Donors to the 'Friends of Tie Domi Rehabilitation Clinic' include: Jason
and Audrey DeZwirek, Phil and Peggy DeZwirek, the Dietrich Family, John
Fielding, the McBurney Family, Owen Mitchell, Salida Capital and Mark and
Paula Silver, among others.

    About SickKids Foundation
    -------------------------
    SickKids Foundation was established in 1972 and is celebrating its
35-year anniversary. Its mission is to inspire its communities to invest in
health and scientific advances to improve the lives of children and their
families in Canada and around the world. Its vision is "Healthier Children. A
Better World."
    In addition to its support of The Hospital for Sick Children, the
Foundation has a mandate to support children's health on a national basis.
SickKids Foundation invests $4 million annually across Canada in paediatric
research, focusing on issues important to children's health which have not
been addressed elsewhere.





For further information:

For further information: Lori Abbott, Public Affairs, SickKids
Foundation, P: (416) 813-8292, C: (647) 241-6525, Email:
lori.abbott@sickkidsfoundation.com; Caroline De Silva, Public Affairs,
SickKids Foundation, P: (416) 813-6166 ext. 1+2039, Email:
caroline.desilva@sickkidsfoundation.com

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