February 11, 2011 20:00 ET

Canadian Music Legend Thanks Crew Who Helped Save His Life

Gordon Lightfoot Performs at Benefit for the Ornge Foundation

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 11, 2011) -

Editors Note: A photo for this release will be available via Marketwire on the picture wire of The Canadian Press.

Canadian folk-rock icon Gordon Lightfoot met with members of the Ornge transport team which provided critical care air transport when he developed a serious illness eight years ago. To show his gratitude, Mr. Lightfoot performed at a benefit for the Ornge Foundation at Fasken Martineau in Toronto.

On September 28, 2002, the multiple Juno award winner was preparing to perform in his hometown of Orillia when he experienced severe stomach pain. His condition was so serious that an Ornge helicopter with a medical team on board was called in. Mr. Lightfoot was airlifted from the local hospital to Hamilton Health Sciences Centre so he could receive a higher level of care. He went on to make a full recovery. Tonight, Mr. Lightfoot had the chance to meet some of the people involved in his transport.

"We are proud to have been able to play a key role in the recovery of a man who has inspired generations of Canadians," said Tom Lepine, Chief Operating Officer for Ornge. "It's an honour to have Gordon Lightfoot lend his talents to the Ornge Foundation, helping ensure we can continue to provide such high-quality care for the more than 20 thousand Ontario patients who rely on us each year."

Proceeds from the event will be used to support the Ornge Foundation. Established in 2008, its work includes raising funds to purchase medical equipment for aircraft and land vehicles, educating paramedics and advancing research efforts needed to care for and sustain the life of Ornge patients.


Ornge is the world's leading innovator in the emerging field of transport medicine, and operates from a number of bases across the province of Ontario and performs more than 20,000 admissions annually. It coordinates all aspects of Ontario's aero medical transport system, the critical care land transport program, paediatric transport program and the authorization of air and land ambulance transfers between hospitals. Ornge is dedicated to the provision of high quality patient care through innovative transport medicine.

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  • Ornge Media Relations