The Sick Kids Foundation
More than $650,000 was raised at this year’s inaugural Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup, which took to the waters of Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau in the Muskokas last month in support of the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) – Canada’s largest and most sophisticated centre for pediatric cancer research, treatment and care.
The Boat Rally is a continuation of the extremely successful Car Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup, which began in 2008, raising more than $11 million over the past five years for SickKids.
“Our efforts will help the spectrum of what’s needed – from groundbreaking research and treatment to practical advancements like “chemotherapy backpacks” that free young patients from confining hospital stays,” said 2013 Boat Rally Chairman Bobby Genovese, Chairman of the Board BG Capital Group and BG Signature Properties.
“By working together we can move some pretty big mountains and provide critical resources and support for pediatric cancer initiatives at SickKids. It’s not only my honor to have helped lead this year’s initiative but I feel it is our duty to help support this very special hospital where children come from around the world to receive the most advanced treatments available, providing them with the best possible chance of surviving their diagnosis.”
This year’s Celebrity Navigators included: actor Anthony Anderson (Guys with Kids, The Departed, Transformers); actress Catherine O’Hara (SCTV, Home Alone); actress Taraji P. Henson (Person of Interest, Benjamin Button); actor Craig Olejnik (The Listener); NHL Alumni Gary Leeman and Paul Coffey; television host Leo Stakos (Fish TV); actor Omar Benson-Miller (CSI Miami); NHL Montreal Canadians’ and Norris Trophy Winner PK Subban.
The highest participating fundraiser was Team S2G, captained by Oliver Bock with an astounding $215,415.17 while the winning team was Team BG Capital, lead by event chairman Bobby Genovese.
“It is our hope to not only increase awareness of the cause but to continue to raise much needed funds to help children in their fight against cancer,” said Joel Hock, creator of the Rally for Kids with Cancer Events who was recently recognized and applauded by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Joseph Harper, PC, MP, for his extraordinary effectiveness and leadership in helping such a worthy cause. “This is a testament to what can be done when philanthropic individuals unite with one shared vision: the health and well-being of our children,” said Hock.
Cancer is the most common cause of disease-related death among Canadian children. Treating approximately 360 new cancer patients each year SickKids is renowned for its world-class patient care, research, education and advocacy. Through donor support, SickKids has become a charity that strategically invests in research and training programs that have the potential to improve the health of children across Canada and around the world.
The 6th Annual Rally for Kids with Cancer will be held this year September 20 and 21, 2013. For more information, visit www.rallyforkids.com
The first ever Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup took place on Lake Joe and Rosseau on July 20th 2013.
The event was a huge success and participants enjoyed a day full of sun and fun on the water!
The growth of the Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup events over the last five years is unprecedented and has far exceeded everyone’s expectations.
The Rally events have raised over $11 million for cancer research, treatment and care at SickKids. Our collective efforts for the Boat Rally this year has raised over $650,000 for the Hospital for Sick Children.
These funds are extremely important and help with the world class innovations happening at SickKids. This research will translate into new and effective treatments for children who in the future will be battling cancer.
The Boat Rally was made up of 5 different pit stops along the lakes starting out at Rocky Crest with a huge brunch and travelling to Gordon Bay Marine, Oviinbyrd Golf Course, Lake Joe Club, Summer Water Sports, a private cottage and a special surprise lunch pop up barge sponsored by Maple Lodge Farms.
The event ended with a gala dinner at Ken and Pauline Hood’s cottage where a silent and live auction raised additional funds for SickKids.
Dan Cooper is happy to announce he raised over $16,005 in support of SickKids and would like to express sincere gratitude for everyone who helped support this cause with him.
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The Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer will be hitting the waters of Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau Saturday, July 20, in support of children’s cancer research, treatment and care at SickKids. Dan Cooper has come on board as one of the executive Board Members and Boat Rally drivers to support this very worthy cause.
Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children. The Foundation’s fundraising is driven by the belief that improving the health and well-being of children is one of the most powerful ways to improve society.
Community support, separate and distinct from government and granting agencies, is a critical source of funding for SickKids. In the fiscal year that ended in March 31, 2012, SickKids Foundation invested $61.3 million in child health research learning and care.
The Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer is a unique thrilling and exciting boating event that has put the Fun into FUNdraising. Characterized as the “Amazing Race” hits the water, this exciting event features family-fun, celebrities, thrilling challenges and cottage adventure.
An exciting brunch where all of the qualified teams meet with their celebrity teammates.
The action continues as qualified teams receive their first clue and are lined up at the “starting line”.
Qualified teams along with their celebrity teammates take part in an extraordinary schedule of pit stops set along a secret route across Muskoka.
Teams will decipher clues and riddles that will take them on a journey from one location to the next.
The day ends with an incredible barbecue dinner, entertainment and the winning team will be announced.
To help Dan Cooper raise funds in support of The Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer, visit www.BoatRallyForCancer.com.
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Gabrielle’s Ride – Presenting sponsor Dan Cooper
July 22nd 2012 was a challenging but emotional day for the many cyclists who took part in Oakville’s Gabrielle’s Ride. Hundreds of cyclists took to the streets starting from Appleby College to raise money in support of Cardiac Kids and the Pediatric Stroke Fund at The Sick Kids Foundation.
More than $75,000 was raised – an outstanding accomplishment for a great cause.
Gabrielle’s Ride is a charity event inspired by the life of Gabrielle Ide Cinanni, who died far too young from complications related to a congenital heart disease. She was only 5 years old when she passed away.
When she was two months old, Gabrielle was diagnosed with congenital heart disease. She had a unique form of coarctation of her aorta with no known treatment or cure and she struggled with the symptoms of heart failure. As an infant, Gabrielle was already fighting for her life.
Before her first birthday, she had undergone numerous invasive tests, hospital stays, frequent clinic appointments with several different specialists, therapists and had three angioplasties that the family hoped would save her life.
Within weeks of being diagnosed with heart disease, an MRI of her brain showed that Gabrielle had also suffered a stroke. She was too young to know exactly how this stroke would impact her life but it was clear that Gabrielle’s body was vulnerable and her future was uncertain. Surrounded by love and support and with her own will to live, Gabrielle’s health improved. For five and a half years, her passion for life and her laugh filled the family’s home with joy and inspired everyone’s hearts.
She was a special little girl and her story has touched the hearts of many. And so, on that Sunday, cyclists filled the streets – everyone from the accomplished cyclists who tackled the 100-kilometre route to the ambitious cyclists participating in the 50K to families and youngsters who did the 15K and the 2K “Tyke ride”.
It was a special day for Gabrielle’s mother Nikki, who created Gabrielle’s Ride and whose passion is to use the memory of her daughter to help children in the future.
“I’m proud to play even a minor role to help this worthy cause become one of the best attended events in the Oakville area,” stated Dan Cooper. “Dan has been a great friend to Gabrielle’s Ride since its inception in 2011,” adds Nikki. “He is a philanthropic pillar of the Oakville community and has graciously shared his experience with our team over these months of preparation.”
Building a stronger community means supporting great causes such as Gabrielle’s Ride. The Dan Cooper Team supports a number of organizations, everything from minor sports teams to major campaigns that will have a significant impact on the quality of life we enjoy here in Oakville and Burlington.
A giving and caring spirit makes our community stronger – a place in which we can all be proud to live and raise a family. How we treat those in need, how we support charities and organizations that are making a difference, shape our community’s character and reputation. Today we enjoy one of the most desirable locations in Canada in which to live – because we have built a safe and caring community.
Give back to the community in any way you can; whether it is with money or time or both. Your efforts and contributions help make our community stronger and a better place in which to live.
For more information about Gabrielle’s Ride visit www.gabriellesride.com.
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Featured in the photo is Dan Cooper with Nikki Ide
One small step can become a major movement that captures the imagination of a country, and that’s the hope of one mother who wants to inspire a nation to come together to remember the loss of a loved one.
I wrote about Nikki Ide just a few weeks ago. Nikki lost her daughter Gabrielle due to complications related to a congenital heart disease. She was only 5. In that article I encouraged everyone to take part in Gabrielle’s Ride on July 22, Oakville’s first and largest family cycling event. I’m proud to be the presenting sponsor for this important ride, which is raising funds for Cardiac Kids and the Pediatric Stroke Fund at The Sick Kids Foundation.
I continue to urge you to get out, spend a day with the family, get some exercise and help raise money for a great cause. But there is more to this story. Nikki’s hope is to have May 10 declared Canada’s National Grief Awareness Day. This day happens to be Gabrielle’s birthday – she would have been 7 this year – and while Nikki will be remembering her daughter, she asks that others join her on that day to make this a national day of remembering a loved one.
I have been so touched by this story that I am going beyond sponsoring Gabrielle’s Ride and will be presenting the Gabrielle’s Ride Exclusive Sponsorship Dinner at Gairloch Gardens Cottage on May 10. Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner prepared by the renowned Kerr Street Cafe, enjoy beer by Cameron Breweries, wine with dinner, vodka by Tag Vodka, limousine service to and from the event, music supplied by DJ George Chaker and door prizes that will include an inclusive trip for four and a Bulova watch.
In addition, each guest will be provided with a unique paper floating lantern for the Remember Our Love Day celebration following dinner.
At that time, others are invited to join us and Nikki at Gairloch Garden’s at 8 p.m. when some special words will be shared and we will all let our lanterns float into the dark sky at 8:30 p.m. Lanterns will be available at a nominal cost for anyone who wants to participate. Proceeds will go to The Lighthouse for Grieving Children. If you would like to join Nikki for the ceremonial part at 8 p.m. or for more information, you can email her directly at email@example.com. Nikki’s campaign to make this a national day of remembrance is being done in partnership with The Lighthouse for Grieving Children.
“Remember our Love Day is one of those creative ways for us to stay connected to Gabrielle and I wanted to share the experience with our community,” Nikki says. “The Lighthouse for Grieving Children and Dan Cooper loved the concept so much and have helped me to bring it all together and make it happen. The Lighthouse will be selling the floating lanterns and everyone in attendance will have an opportunity to connect with their loved ones by sending a lantern into the darkening sky and watch them illuminate as they lift into the night. My family has been using floating lanterns to express our love for Gabrielle since her death and it has been such a beautiful and meaningful experience. I can’t wait to share it with the community and watch the sky light up with love!”
Building a stronger community means supporting great causes like Gabrielle’s Ride and being engaged with worthy events such as Remember Our Love. The heart and soul of the community is due to the generosity, the caring and the giving of its residents. We enjoy one of the best communities in Canada – due to people like Nikki who remind us that there is more to living than having possessions. Our spiritual nurturing and charitable endeavours are what make us a stronger and better place in which to live.
I encourage all of you to give back to the community in any way you can; whether it is with money, time or both. And on May 10, float a paper lantern for a loved one and join me and my team for a day of family fun on July 22.
For more information about Remember Our Love Day and Gabrielle’s Ride visit www.gabriellesride.com.
Dan Cooper is an award-winning broker with Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage – the Number 1 Royal LePage Team for Canada in 2009, 2007, 2005, 2002, 2001, 2000 and 1999. He can be reached at 905.338.3737, direct line at 905.849.3303 or through his innovative and interactive website at DanCooper.com. Be sure to catch the Dan Cooper Real Estate Series on DailyWebTV.com. For his free booklet How To Sell Your House For Top Dollar – Fast! or his Guide to Oakville Real Estate, please call the Dan Cooper Team.