Media invitation - Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Dr. Dave Williams visits patients at The Montreal Children's Hospital of the MUHC



    Dr. Williams will talk about his latest trip to space and about his
    special project - Sending My Dreams to Space with Dr. Dave

    MONTREAL, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montreal Children's Hospital of the
MUHC is honoured to welcome Canadian Space Agency astronaut Dr. Dave Williams.
Dr. Williams will visit the hospital Thursday to share stories about his
latest space mission with our children and staff and to tour the hospital to
meet one-on-one with some of the children and teens under our care.

    
    WHEN:  Thursday, September 27, 2007
           Dr. Williams will talk and take questions between 2 p.m.
           and 3 p.m.
           The tour of the hospital will start around 3 p.m.

    WHERE: The Montreal Children's Hospital
           2300 Tupper Street
           8C Terrace (in the event of rain, signs indicating alternate
           location will be posted at main entrance)
    

    During his recent space voyage, Canadian Space Agency astronaut
Dr. Dave Williams brought with him a very special and poignant payload.
Dr. Williams was entrusted with 325 wishes from hospitalized children from
across Canada, including 50 wishes from children and teens who received care
at The Montreal Children's Hospital of the MUHC. The messages of hope from
children facing health challenges were part of the Sending My Dreams to Space
with Dr. Dave project.
    "I wanted to bring hope to these children. When you are sick you tend to
focus almost exclusively on your illness and your treatment," says
Dr. Williams. "I wanted to give these kids a chance to look beyond their
illness, a chance to look forward and dream about the future. It is very
important to have dreams to strive towards. When kids can picture the future,
it has a huge impact on their psychological well being."
    The children's wishes were brought into low-earth orbit to the stars
where they could sparkle over the earth.
    Dr. Williams blasted off from Cape Canaveral on August 8 aboard the space
shuttle Endeavour. The goal of the 13-day mission was to build and maintain
the International Space Station. During the voyage, Dr. Williams performed
three spacewalks spending 17 hours and 47 minutes outside the space station, a
Canadian record.
    Dr. Williams was born in 1954 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He attended
high school in Beaconsfield, Quebec, and graduated from McGill University with
a Bachelor of Science, Major in Biology (1976). He went on to obtain a Master
of Science from the Physiology Department, and a Doctorate of Medicine and
Master of Surgery from the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, (1983).




For further information:

For further information: Lisa Dutton, Manager, Public Relations and
Communications, The Montreal Children's Hospital of the MUHC, (514) 412-4307,
Lisa.Dutton@muhc.mcgill.ca


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