Cancer fighter bikes over 100 km to deliver donation to SickKids
MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 12 /CNW/ - Today, retired Corporal Paul Ellis will
bike ride from the UPS facility in St. Catharines, his home town, to The
Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto to raise money and awareness
Ellis, a 15-year Canadian veteran, is pedaling to raise funds for cancer
related causes. He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in December
2004. His personal struggle has motivated him to help others also battling
"I know from personal experience how difficult the fight against cancer
can be. No one should have to fight cancer alone, especially not children,"
said Ellis. "SickKids does remarkable work with medicine and lifting
children's spirits. I want to give back to them as much as I can."
Today, Ellis leaves the UPS facility at 7 a.m. wearing UPS's signature
brown uniform to fulfill one of his lifelong dreams of delivering for UPS. He
will ride along Lakeshore Boulevard to SickKids, over 100 kilometres away,
followed by a UPS package car, and will arrive at approximately 12:30 p.m.
Ellis will pull up to the hospital's University Street entrance and present
SickKids with a $500 cheque, on behalf of UPS.
"Ever since I retired from the Canadian Forces, I wanted to be a UPS
driver," explains Ellis. "UPS is a great company and it was important to me to
wear a uniform again and be part of a team. Just to say I spent one day
delivering for UPS will be a dream come true for me."
Ellis will also be participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer event on
June 13, in support of Princess Margaret Hospital.
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About The Hospital for Sick Children
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), affiliated with the University
of Toronto, is Canada's most research-intensive hospital and the largest
centre dedicated to improving children's health in the country. As innovators
in child health, SickKids improves the health of children by integrating care,
research and teaching. Our mission is to provide the best in complex and
specialized care by creating scientific and clinical advancements, sharing our
knowledge and expertise and championing the development of an accessible,
comprehensive and sustainable child health system. For more information,
please visit www.sickkids.ca. SickKids is committed to healthier children for
a better world.
For further information:
For further information: Tara Smith, UPS Canada Public Relations, Tel:
(905) 676-1708, firstname.lastname@example.org; Katie McHugh-Escobar, Development
Officer, SickKids Foundation, Tel: (416) 813-1214,