Any mom will tell you that there is nothing worse than a sick child. In Ottawa, we’re so lucky to have The Children’s Miracle Network that helps programs at The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). As a mother that’s visited CHEO a few times over the years, I can tell you that there is nothing quite like it. They are experts at treating children and calming fears.
So when SUBWAY® Restaurants and Social Moms invited me to participate in their “You Share. We share.” program, that directly benefits The Children’s Miracle Network here in Ottawa, I was only too happy to join in and spread the word.
Now, through August 31st, SUBWAY® Restaurants are partnering with local charities across Canada and the US to give back to their communities. In Ottawa, what better way than to help make sure CHEO continues to provide amazing care to sick children. When you eat at SUBWAY® Restaurants in the Ottawa area on the weekends this summer, a percentage of sales up to $28,000 will go to your local charity. You can find your local SUBWAY® Restaurants here.
Every minute, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network hospital for treatment—a child a second. Over the last 30 years, they’ve raised over 4.7 billion dollars to help these kids who can be battling anything from cancer to genetic diseases. CHEO is one of only a few stand-alone pediatric hospitals in Canada, and has more than 6,600 admissions, 7,700 surgeries and 171,000 clinic visits each year. It also has one of the busiest pediatric emergency rooms in the country, treating more than 69,000 patients a year.
Together, they create miracles daily, like the story of Nick. Nick had a small innocuous lump removed from his thumb in November 2010. Weeks later his mother received a call from CHEO that the test results were back and Nick actually had a rare form of cancer called epithelioid sarcoma. The dedication of the staff at CHEO ensured that Nick’s cancer was caught in time and today he is cancer-free.
There’s also the incredible story of Izzy who has osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as “brittle bone disease”. Izzy suffered a series of breaks before her parents took her to CHEO. Once she was diagnosed with OI, the staff at CHEO was able to help Izzy live a normal life.
There are amazing success stories, like the above, that come out of CHEO daily. It’s why we’re so incredibly lucky to have this hospital in Ottawa.
With so much happening on the weekends during the summer, stopping in at a local SUBWAY® Restaurant is a snap. Perfect for picnics or roadtrips, a delicious SUBWAY® sandwich (Hello Lobster) is perfect summer fare. In Ottawa, you’ll also be helping to ensure that The Children’s Miracle Network continues to support CHEO. That’s win/win in my books.
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