Sens Foundation

Sens Foundation

June 20, 2010 14:29 ET

7th Annual Scotiabank Walk, Roll & Run Raises $183,653 for Roger's House

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 20, 2010) - With a helping hand from the community, participants and corporate partners, the Sens Foundation raised $183,653 during today's seventh 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 2km and the Mattamy Homes 5km routes. Senators defenceman Matt Carkner and forward Jesse Winchester joined the festivities and signed autographs for participants who raised more than $250.

As the new title sponsor of the event, Scotiabank encouraged its staff to participate and collect pledges for the event. The organization raised more than $62,000.

"The opportunity to be part of a great event for Roger's House made our sponsorship choice an easy one," said Emily Farrell, vice-president of Scotiabank's Ottawa River District. "Supporting a cause such as this energized our staff and customers to do whatever they could to help make a significant contribution." 

Walk, Roll & Run also honours the memory of Roger Neilson, a former Senators assistant coach who died June 21, 2003, after a lengthy battle with two forms of cancer. Roger's House stands as a permanent memorial to the coach who touched so many people in the hockey world and beyond.

This year's event featured Roger's Dream Team, an innovative fundraising campaign which encouraged local businesses to sponsor one of 11 courageous children currently receiving care from Roger's House. The campaign was a success with many local businesses quick to show their support.

"Kids like (Roger's Dream Team member) Sarah and events like Walk, Roll & Run are easy to support," said John Sheridan, president of Tiree Security. "I know Sarah and her family personally, and I'm fortunate to be in a position to support them and other families who turn to Roger's House."

"Contributing to Roger's House and supporting little Jedi makes us feel like we're making a real difference," said Ian Hendry of Hendry Warren LLP. "As the board chair for Roger's House, I see first-hand the incredible work done by our staff and volunteers."

"The community continues to show its support for Roger's House," said Sens Foundation president Danielle Robinson. "This year's event was a tremendous success. It's heart-warming to see so many people come out and support the dream team and the families of Roger's House."

Maddy's Superheroes, led by Jeanine and Dean Otto, was the top fundraising team this year. Not only did the Ottos, along with daughter Hanna, raise the most money, but they also put together the largest team. The Ottos participate in Walk, Roll & Run in memory of their daughter, Maddy, who died due to a brain tumour in 2007.

Since opening its doors in May 2006, Roger's House has had more than 1,000 admissions and staff have provided more than 6,000 days of care. The welcoming home-away-from-home atmosphere comforts children and families who are admitted to the state-of-the-art, eight-bedroom facility, where dedicated professionals and volunteers provide the very best in compassionate care and support.

The charity of choice of the Sens Foundation, Roger's House is located on the grounds of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. The facility provides a comprehensive pediatric respite and palliative care program with elements of outreach, residential hospice, pain and symptom management; grief and bereavement counselling and research. The Sens Foundation provides Roger's House with approximately 30 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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