Sens Foundation

Sens Foundation

June 16, 2013 13:46 ET

10th annual Scotiabank Walk, Roll & Run raises $101,000 for Roger's House

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 16, 2013) - With a helping hand from the community, participants and corporate partners, the Sens Foundation raised $101,000 during today's 10th annual Scotiabank Walk, Roll & Run for Roger's House presented by the Ottawa Citizen.

The event, which took place at Scotiabank Place, saw more than 800 participants take part in the Tot-Trot, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 2km and Enterprise Rent-A-Car 5km routes. Senators forward Chris Neil joined the festivities and signed autographs for participants.

Title sponsor Scotiabank encouraged its staff to participate and collect pledges for the event. The bank raised more than $25,000 from more than 12 branches spread across the region.

Making a difference for children and families in the community in which we live and work is very important to us," said Jeff Darwin, vice-president of Scotiabank's Ottawa River District. "Our entire staff and customers have done whatever they could to help make such a significant contribution."

Walk, Roll & Run honours the memory of Roger Neilson, a former Senators assistant coach who died June 21, 2003, after a lengthy battle with cancer. This year the event paid tribute to Neilson by asking children to draw a colourful tie for the event T-shirt. Neilson was renowned for wearing a crazy assortment of colourful ties. The contest was a huge success with more than 180 submissions. Noah Barrett, 6, drew the winning design.

This year's event again featured Roger's Dream Team - six courageous children currently receiving care from Roger's House - and Roger's All-Stars, a group of families who have come together to support fundraising efforts and celebrate the lives of their deceased children. Both campaigns were a success.

"Our community is so fortunate to have a facility like Roger's House. The care & support it provides to kids and families is second to none," said Neil who is honourary co-chair of Roger's House along with his wife, Caitlyn. "Seeing all the kids and families here today to support this annual event is incredible."

"The Sens Foundation is truly overwhelmed with the support from the community to come together once again and join us for a fun-filled day of celebration," said Sens Foundation president Danielle Robinson. "Their contributions will help provide funding for programs at Roger's House, servicing the many children and families across the region who call Roger's House their home-away-from-home."

Now in its seventh year of operation, Roger's House has had more than 2,200 admissions, and staff have provided more than 12,000 days of care. The welcoming home-away-from-home atmosphere comforts children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Children admitted to the state-of-the-art, eight-bedroom facility receive the very best in compassionate care and support from dedicated professionals and volunteers.

The Sens Foundation provides Roger's House with approximately 25 percent of its operating budget. As a result of excellent patient care and family support, acuity rates (level of care required for patients) continue to grow each year.

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