Annual Montreal summer tradition a pillar of hope for young fighters at The
MONTREAL, June 21, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - For five days straight, rain and shine,
dozens of teams of jubilant cyclists cheered, clapped, pedaled and partied
their way through the streets of downtown Montreal. With a police escort,
the riders of the 30-seat bicycle capped off a year of fundraising for The
Montreal Children's Hospital. This year, funds collected by participants
pushed the event's total amount raised past $10 million. For two decades, the
money has literally transformed care at the Hospital, allowing patients to be
diagnosed more quickly, treated more efficiently and sent home earlier.
"When I joined the event in 1993, a year after it was launched by Sylvie
Lalumière and Michael Conway in memory of their daughter, Meagan, we couldn't
even dream that we would end up raising this much money for the Hospital,"
says Warren Lee, who has been chair of the event since 2008. "I am so proud of
what our teams accomplished and I am so proud to be a part of reaching this
Part of the $430,000 raised this year will fund the acquisition of surgical
tools, including telescopes for laparoscopic surgery and a Midas surgical
drill, which is used in delicate ENT surgeries, like those performed on this
year's Pedal for Kids spokeschild, 13-year-old Laura Rea. Laura survived a
catastrophic ski accident that required over half a dozen operations.
"After I woke up from my coma every doctor I spoke with was so encouraging,"
she says. "They always had a positive attitude and always made everything seem
like it would be easy and okay." This year, the energetic and now healthy
teen and her family organized a ride aboard the bicycle as a way of giving
back to the Hospital.
One of The Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation's longest-running events;
Pedal for Kids has been an annual Montreal tradition since 1992. Corporate and
community teams raise money throughout the year and their efforts are rewarded
with a ride on the custom-built 30-man bicycle through the city. Each ride
lasts about an hour down the busiest streets of downtown Montreal. With music
blaring, people cheering and a police escort leading the way, a Pedal for Kids
ride is truly an unforgettable experience.
"I think the key to the Pedal for Kids' popularity and success is that it has
always remained a truly grassroots event, even as it has grown dramatically in
size," Says Marie-Josée Gariépy, president of the Montreal Children's
Hospital Foundation. "This is an event that really depends on individuals, who
rally their co-workers and friends to make a difference. We love them and on
behalf of all the Hospital staff and patients, we thank them for their
generosity, leadership and loyalty."
2013 Pedal for Kids Participating Teams:
ACCEO Solutions Inc The Children's Happy Gang
Air Canada Vacations The Children's Neurology Team
BCA Research Inc. CN Employees' and Pensioners'
Bechtel Corporation Community Fund
Blake, Cassels & Graydon Compuware
The Family & Youth Advisory Forums RBC Dominion Securities
Families of Amazing Heroes RBC Montreal (RBC Montreal Centre &
GE Wealth Managem ent)
Insight Canada RHALY
Laura's Ride Rio Tinto Alcan
Manulife Financial RSA (Team A and Team B)
McCarthy Tétrault Scotiabank
Morgan Stanley Standard Life Insurance
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt Standard Life Investments
The Research Institute of the Stikeman Elliott
Montreal Children's Hospital
ABOUT THE MONTREAL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
The Montreal Children's Hospital is the pediatric teaching hospital of the
McGill University Faculty of Medicine. The Children's is a leader in providing
a broad spectrum of highly specialized care to newborns, children, and
adolescents from all across Quebec. The Montreal Children's Hospital
Foundation supports the Hospital by raising funds to help The Children's
remain on the cutting edge of teaching, research and care.For more
information, please visit childrenfoundation.com.
Information, interviews and photos
Kim Fraser Director of Communications Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation
514-934-4846 x 29236 firstname.lastname@example.org
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