OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 17, 2012) - With a helping hand from the community, participants and corporate partners, the Sens Foundation raised $160,000 during today's ninth 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 Irving Oil Tot-Trot, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 2km and Enterprise 5km routes. Senators forward Chris Neil joined the festivities and signed autographs for participants.
Once again, title sponsor Scotiabank encouraged its staff to participate and collect pledges for the event. The bank raised more than $50,000 from more than 10 branches spread across the region.
"Being associated with a great event and raising funds for such a wonderful place like Roger's House made our sponsorship choice an easy one," said Emily Farrell, 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 150 submissions. Roger's House Dream Team member Jordyn Deveau-Yurich, 9, drew the winning design.
This year's event again featured Roger's Dream Team - 10 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.
"Cait and I were so thrilled to see the hundreds of participants out supporting Roger's House today," said Neil, who is honorary co-chair of Roger's House along with his wife, Caitlyn. "Roger's House is the kind of facility that you hope is empty most of the time but for children who really need it, we're so fortunate it is there."
"Walk, Roll & Run is a fun family event, and that was evident today by all the smiling faces and the more than 70 teams who participated." said Sens Foundation president Danielle Robinson. "The strong support shown today proves that the children and families of Roger's House have a presence that's been embraced by our community."
Now in its sixth year of operation, Roger's House has had more than 1,760 admissions, and staff have provided more than 10,000 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 the very best in compassionate care and support from dedicated professionals and volunteers.
The charity of choice of the Sens Foundation, Roger's House is located on the grounds of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). 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 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.