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
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
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
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,