SickKids Foundation

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CIBC - Lead Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

CIBC - Lead Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

July 09, 2015 10:45 ET

Media Advisory: CIBC Brings Pan Am Games Torch Relay to SickKids Hours Before Opening Ceremony on July 10

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 9, 2015) - The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) will have an extra burst of energy the morning of Friday, July 10 when the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay visits the hospital. Thanks to this special opportunity provided by CIBC, a committed supporter of SickKids for more than 30 years and lead partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, the torch will be carried into the hospital by Myles Lynch, a double-lung transplant recipient (October 2014) and SickKids patient ambassador.

SickKids patients, their families and staff will have an opportunity to be part of history as the flame comes to the hospital on the final day of its 41-day journey throughout Ontario and parts of Canada. Myles, a SickKids patient treated for cystic fibrosis, is representing the more than 100,000 patients cared for at the hospital each year and the more than 8,000 staff dedicated to improving the lives of children.

Who: Myles Lynch, 17, 2015 Pan Am torchbearer, double-lung transplant recipient, SickKids patient ambassador (cystic fibrosis), and Cornwall, ON resident
Dr. Mike Apkon, President and CEO, SickKids
Josh Cassidy, Canadian Paralympian, wheelchair racing champion, CIBC Team Next mentor, former SickKids kid (neuroblastoma)
Veni Iozzo, Senior Vice President, CIBC
PACHI, Pan Am / Parapan Am Games mascot
SickKids patients, families and staff gathered for torch arrival and event
Please note: Myles will only be available post-event, after he carries the torch into the hospital Atrium.
When: Friday, July 10, 2015
9:45 a.m. - Media arrival & check-in
10 - 11 a.m. - Event
* Torch on-site for 10 minutes, approximately from 10:30 - 10:40 a.m.
Where: The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) - Atrium*
555 University Avenue
* MEDIA: Please enter at Elizabeth St. entrance and proceed to media check-in table to present media identification.

WATCH: We asked people to run 200 metres while breathing through a straw, what it feels like to live with cystic fibrosis: https://youtu.be/8OALfJWS8jE

About The Hospital for Sick Children

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is recognized as one of the world's foremost paediatric health-care institutions and is Canada's leading centre dedicated to advancing children's health through the integration of patient care, research and education. Founded in 1875 and affiliated with the University of Toronto, SickKids is one of Canada's most research-intensive hospitals and has generated discoveries that have helped children globally. Its mission is to provide the best in complex and specialized family-centred care; pioneer scientific and clinical advancements; share expertise; foster an academic environment that nurtures health-care professionals; and champion an accessible, comprehensive and sustainable child health system. SickKids is proud of its vision for Healthier Children. A Better World. For more information, please visit sickkids.ca.

About SickKids Foundation

Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada. Philanthropy is a critical source of funding for SickKids - one of the world's foremost paediatric health-care institutions. Thanks to the generosity of the community, and as a result of a record-breaking year in fundraising and investment returns, SickKids Foundation invested an unprecedented $129.3 million in grants and charitable activities for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. For more information, please visit sickkidsfoundation.com.

About CIBC

CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with 11 million personal banking and business clients. Through our three major business units - Retail and Business Banking, Wealth Management and Wholesale Banking - CIBC offers a full range of products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking network, branches and offices across Canada with offices in the United States and around the world. You can find other news releases and information about CIBC on our corporate website at www.cibc.com/ca/media-centre/.

About CIBC's Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Sponsorship

As the Lead Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games CIBC is committed to enriching Canadian communities through the power of sport. Through our investments we will create a lasting legacy by funding next-generation athletes, encouraging the volunteer spirit of our employees, helping finance landmark venues and engaging our diverse communities while fusing sport with arts and culture. To learn more visit www.cibc.com/ca/features/panamgames.html.

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