Photo/Interview Media Alert - Globes Donations at Pearson Airport



    
      Event benefits Children's Miracle Network hospitals across Canada

           Photo/Interview Opportunity: Monday, September 15, 2008
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 11 /CNW/ -

    
    WHO:         John Hartman, Chief International Officer, Children's
                 Miracle Network
                 Toby Lennox, VP Corporate Affairs and Communications, GTAA
                 Micheline Villeneuve, Kids' Horizons Manager
                 Jonathan Richardson, SickKids patient
                 Christyne Richardson, mother
                 Marci Ien, Host and News Anchor, CTV's Canada AM

    WHAT:        Speeches from executive members of partner organizations
                 Speech from Christyne Richardson - Jonathan's story
                 Coin distribution for traveling children

    WHEN:        1-2 PM, Monday, September 15

    WHERE:       Terminal One, Lester B. Pearson Airport
                 Toronto, Ontario

    WHY:         In partnership with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority,
                 Air Canada Kids' Horizons have installed 10 globe donation
                 canisters around Terminal 1 of Pearson Airport. Funds raised
                 from this campaign will benefit Children's Miracle Network
                 and its 14 member hospitals in Canada.

    ABOUT CHILD: Jonathan Richardson
                 Jonathan suffers from hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a
                 condition that leaves the left side of the heart severely
                 underdeveloped. He was born without a left ventricle, which
                 causes major difficultly in the flow of blood from his heart
                 to the rest of his body. Although this congenital heart
                 defect cannot be entirely cured, patients can undergo a
                 series of surgeries or a heart transplant. He and his older
                 sister, Lauren, have check-ups at SickKids every six months.
                 Jonathan started school in September 2007 and took a short
                 hiatus to undergo his third open-heart surgery in November.
                 He's back to eating full meals and has recovered well from
                 his surgery. Jonathan's favourite part about school? Riding
                 the bus!
    

    About Children's Miracle Network:

    Children's Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization
dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for
children's hospitals and health foundations across the world. Each year, the
170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals, 14 of which are in Canada, provide
the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to
help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind. For more
information, visit childrensmiraclenetwork.ca.

    About Air Canada Kids' Horizons:

    Air Canada is Canada's largest full-service airline and the largest
provider of scheduled passenger services in the Canadian market, the
Canada-U.S. transborder market and in the international market to and from
Canada. Together with its regional affiliate Jazz, Air Canada serves over 32
million customers annually and provides direct passenger service to over 170
destinations on five continents.
    Air Canada has been involved with Children's Miracle Network since 1994.
During the past 14 years, Air Canada contributions have grown significantly.
They have contributed funding and travel valued at over $10 million. A strong
partnership has been developed with Air Canada Kids' Horizons making
Children's Miracle Network one of their primary charities of choice.

    About Our Hospitals:

    In Canada, the children's hospitals/foundations receiving funding from
Children's Miracle Network are: BC Children's Hospital Foundation in
Vancouver, Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation in Calgary, Stollery
Children's Hospital Foundation in Edmonton, Children's Health and Hospital
Foundation of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, The Children's Hospital Foundation of
Manitoba in Winnipeg, SickKids Foundation in Toronto, Children's Health
Foundation in London, McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton, Children's
Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation in Ottawa, Operation Enfant Soleil (St.
Justine's Children's Hospital, Montreal Children's Hospital, Centre
hospitalier universitaire de Québec (CHUQ)) , IWK Health Centre in Halifax,
and Janeway Children's Hospital Foundation in St. John's.





For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Ortega, 1-866-265-9750,
iortega@childrensmiraclenetwork.ca


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