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Newly Formed Global Wellness Tourism Association Welcomes Bancroft, Ontario’s Madeleine Marentette to Board of Directors

Association aims to educate consumers and create a networking platform for qualifying members of the global $563 billion wellness tourism industry.

TORONTO, ON (February 13, 2018) Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing (2004 Bay Lake Road, Bancroft, Ontario) founder Madeleine Marentette has joined the newly created Wellness Tourism Association (WTA) as a member of the board of directors. Launched this month, the WTA was created by a group of seasoned wellness industry executives who have joined forces to form this not-for-profit, privately-held organization established and designed to serve the booming $563 billion wellness travel sector.

The new association will be a network of and for qualifying members of the wellness tourism industry. Its objectives will help to define the industry, as well as educate consumers to recognize legitimate and credible wellness suppliers and operators.

Madeleine Marentette“I’m delighted to be included in this group of industry leaders who are dedicated to helping travellers locate the best destinations to nourish their mind, body and spirit,” says Grail Springs Retreat Centre founder and recipient of Canada’s Best Wellness Retreat 2016 and 2017, Madeleine Marentette.

“Our mission is clear and concise,” says Co-Founder and Chairman Andrew Gibson, VP Wellbeing, Accor Hotels, “We plan to support and further the growth and development of the wellness tourism industry through networking, education, communication and marketing.”

Co-Founding member Tom Klein, President & COO of Canyon Ranch stated, “The WTA will fill a gap in this  global industry by providing a credible and unified voice.” Klein added, “As with all associations, the goals and objectives will be determined by the members.”

According to the Global Wellness Institute’s 2017 Global Wellness Economy Monitor, the Wellness Tourism segment is a $563 billion industry – growing faster than the tourism industry itself. “It makes perfect sense to have our own association,” says Co-Founder and President, Anne Dimon, Founder/CEO of TravelToWellness.com “Especially since there is some confusion with consumers and travel agents as to what constitutes legitimate ‘wellness travel’.”

Wellness Tourism is not a new industry, as people have traveled both nationally and internationally with health or wellness the primary focus since the time of the Roman Baths. Today, the commitment to “health as your wealth” transcends borders, cultures and ages, with many new companies flocking to the sector.

Membership will be open to qualifying destination marketing organizations, hotels and resorts, destination spas, tour operators, travel advisors, wellness educators and others with an interest in supporting the industry and helping shape its future and sustainability. Dimon adds that, “while ‘wellness’ is often thought to be a luxury category of travel, we also want to ensure we represent a diverse range of members across consumer segments.”

About Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing:

Located in the Mineral Capital of Canada, and the oldest exposed rock in the world, Grail Springs is close enough for an easy drive from Toronto International Airport, yet far enough to feel you have escaped to another world. With hundreds of acres of pristine forest, walking trails, crystal outcrop, abundant wildlife, meditation gardens and a curative spring-fed lake, individuals are inspired by the stunning natural beauty and are recharged by the potent healing environment that supports them.

Website: https://www.grailsprings.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/grailsprings

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrailSpringsWellnessRetreat

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MadeleineGrail

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grailspringswellnessretreat/

 

About Madeleine Marentette:

Madeleine Marentette is the founder and CEO of Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing, Canada’s leading holistic wellness destination. Bestselling author, designer, and speaker, she inspires and illuminates the path for individuals who are seeking a spiritual path to personal transformation and fulfillment.

 

For over twenty-five years, Madeleine has studied and taught the human-soul connection, the separation more obvious than ever in today’s political climate. A dedicated life of service to people, planet, and the sacred animal kingdom, she continues to be an advocate, write, teach, and design programs for her centre. She is presently working on her third book, a semi-autobiography about the human condition as it relates to the sacred divine and the evolutionary track of soul consciousness on our planet.

 

About The Wellness Tourism Association (WTA): 

The WTA is a global network for qualifying destination marketing organizations, hotels and resorts, destination spas, tour operators, travel agencies/advisors, wellness practitioners/educators and others with an interest in supporting and growing the wellness tourism industry.  Our plan is to become the voice of the industry. For more information, please visit http://www.wellnesstourismassociation.org

For photos, interviews, media requests and additional information, please contact:

Cory Stewart, EDPR, email: cory@embracedisruption.com, phone: 647.638.1586

    World Spa Awards Names Bancroft, Ontario’s Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing as Canada’s Best Wellness Retreat for Second Consecutive Year

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    TORONTO, ON (January 16, 2018)Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing (2004 Bay Lake Road, Bancroft, Ontario) has been named winner of Canada’s Best Wellness Retreat for the second consecutive year, by the World Spa Awards, which acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across the rapidly evolving spa and wellness sector. For just over 24 years, Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing has been dedicated to improving the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of their guests with their holistic sanctuary, sprawled across one hundred acres in the heart of the Canadian Shield, just five minutes outside the mineral capital of Canada, Bancroft, Ontario.

    Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 1.52.12 PM“We are honoured and thankful to be recognized with this award for a second consecutive year by the World Spa Awards and our industry peers,” says Founder & CEO, Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing’s Madeline Marenette. “Grail Springs is a place where take-charge people retreat from the noise and pressures of everyday life to nourish their mind, body and spirit. For over two decades, we have been very grateful to provide this sanctuary for individuals to improve their lives, and I’m very much looking forward to the bright future that lies ahead for our facility.”

    Recognized for their educational component and specialized treatment processes such as the Cleanse and Energize Program and their signature Life Transformation Program, Grail Springs welcomes guests from all over the world to experience their healing alkaline waters, saunas, salt tubs and state-of-the-art spa. From yoga, meditation and spiritual enrichment, to a full menu of healthy plant-based eating options, the full-service retreat offers cutting edge treatments, delivered by a dedicated staff of highly regarded coaches, instructors, healers and therapists.

    Setting the retreat apart from others is their unique environment which boasts a vital spring-fed lake and meditation installations such as a labyrinth, volcanic ash healing bed, and a unique equine meditation experience. The group also worked with a professional Geomancer to optimize the rich deposits of minerals of the area. The property highlights the crystals and granite rocks which leads to a unique crystal outcrop meditation area.

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    No stranger to receiving accolades, Grail Springs will be adding this 2017 award to an impressive list of recognition including Canadian Spa & Wellness Award Winner, Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice Award, Tripadvisor Winner Certificate of Excellence and SpaFinder Best Body, Mind & Spirit Spa, among many others. With over 35% of guests returning annually for an average stay of 5 to 21 nights, Grail Springs has become a popular healing ritual for guests from around the globe.

    To read more about Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing, please visit their website at: http://www.grailsprings.com

     

    About Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing:

    Located in the Mineral Capital of Canada, and the oldest exposed rock in the world, Grail Springs is close enough for an easy drive from Toronto International Airport, yet far enough to feel you have escaped to another world. With hundreds of acres of pristine forest, walking trails, crystal outcrop, abundant wildlife, meditation gardens and a curative spring-fed lake, individuals are inspired by the stunning natural beauty and are recharged by the potent healing environment that supports them.

    Website: https://www.grailsprings.com/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/grailsprings

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrailSpringsWellnessRetreat

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MadeleineGrail

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grailspringswellnessretreat/

     

    For photos, interviews, media requests and additional information, please contact:

    Cory Stewart, EDPR, email: cory@embracedisruption.com, phone: 647.638.1586

     

      Ontario Sustainable Energy Association Announces Nominees of 8th Annual Powering for Prosperity Ontario Sustainable Energy Awards

       

      P4P2018-logoAssociation to honour communities, businesses, institutions, and public and private sector organizations for their commitment in creating jobs, resilient communities and healthy environments.

      TORONTO, ON (January 11, 2018) – On Thursday, February 8, 2018, hundreds will gather at the Fontana Primavera Event Centre (77 Woodstream Boulevard, Vaughan, Ontario) to celebrate nominees of the 8th Annual Powering for Prosperity Ontario Sustainable Energy Awards, hosted by award-winning comedian, actress and author Carla Collins. 

      The annual event, hosted by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) highlights nominees in the areas of leadership, sustainable projects, community projects, non-profit organizations and sustainable enterprises (a full list of nominees can be found below).  Starting at 5:00 p.m., attendees of the gala will be treated to a networking reception and silent auction, followed by a formal awards ceremony, keynote address from CEO and co-founder of Corporate Knights magazine, Toby A. A. Heaps and a talk from honoured guest speaker Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Dianne Saxe.

       The nominees for this year’s awards are:

      LEADER OF THE YEAR

      ·        Joanna Osawe – Co-Founder and Chair, Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)

      ·        Sonja Winkelmann – Director Net Zero Housing, Canadian Home Builders Assocation

      ·        Subhi Alsayed – Vice President of Sustainable Development, Mattamy Homes

      ·         Mikele Brack – Founder, Urban Living Futures

      ·         Matthew Britt – Co-Founder. SWITCH Energy

      ·         Shohreh Sabaghpour – CEO, Lumesmart Inc

      ·         Dana Decent – Manager, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo

       

      NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR

      ·         EcoBusiness Network (formerly Durham Sustain Ability)

      ·         TREC Education

      ·         Biomass North

      ·         Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)

       

      SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISE OF THE YEAR

      ·         Windular Research & Technology Inc.

      ·         Enwave Energy Corporation

      ·         Greening Homes Ltd.

      ·         GM Canada

      ·         SWITCH Energy

       

      SMARTNet Alliance’s SMARTpreneur OF THE YEAR

      ·         Warren Abar – iSolara

      ·         Jerri Rodrigs – Rumidifier

      ·         Matthew Jaglowitz – Exactus Energy

      ·         Herb Lagois – Lagois Drafting and Construction Inc

       

      Enbridge’s COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR

      ·         Just Food – Solar Energy Project (co-sponsored by Bullfrog and Beau’s)

      ·         Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-Op – Alfred Solar Energy Project

      ·         Ottawa Salus – Karen’s Place Renewable Energy Project

      ·         Mount Dennis Community Association – Metrolinx Energy Innovation Project

      ·         Lumesmart – Various Community Workshops

       

      SUSTAINABLE PROJECT OF THE YEAR

      ·         Windular – Nungesser Lake Tower (co-sponsored by Bell Canada)

      ·         Sustainable Waterloo Region – Evolv1 Project (co-sponsored by The Cora Group)

      ·         Mohawk College – The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation

      ·         Greening Homes – The Morse Street Retrofit

      ·         The Viessmann Group- Wood Biomass Boiler at Canadian Headquarters

      “The Powering for Prosperity Ontario Sustainable Energy Awards are the industry standard in recognizing sustainable energy innovation and leadership throughout Ontario,” says OSEA Interim Executive Director Janis Wilkinson. “The individuals and organizations that will be recognized this year are significantly contributing to providing a sustainable future in Ontario through environmental stewardship, economic development, and social reform.”

      Since it’s inception over 16 years ago, OSEA has been at the vanguard of the energy sector working with communities, businesses, institutions, and public and private sector organizations to champion it’s vision of a prosperous Ontario with thriving sustainable energy sector powered, heated, cooled and moved by portfolios of renewable energy, conservation and energy efficiency technologies, creating good jobs, resilient communities and healthy environments. With 2017 acting as a transition year, OSEA recently underwent a full strategic and tactical analysis of the association, in order to further drive communication initiatives for years to come.

      OSEA is pleased to welcome an extensive group of sponsors in support of its 8th annual awards ceremony. Supporters include: Enbridge, SMARTNetAlliance.ca, Landmark Home Solutions, Polaron Solartech and Willms & Shier.

      Tickets for this year’s event can be purchased at https://www.ontario-sea.org/powering-prosperity-awards, starting at $195.00 (OSEA members) and $295.00 (non-members).

       

      About Ontario Sustainable Energy Association:

      The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) advocates for its members and the public to provide education and promote sustainable initiatives through policy development, B2B collaboration and public awareness campaigns.

      OSEA strongly believes, that sustainable development all starts with education. It recognizes that the current market is sceptical to transition to renewable sources of energy due to a lack of holistic understanding. The key role of OSEA is to provide public awareness by working closely with primary, secondary and post-secondary schools and institutions, establishing forums for the residential, industrial and commercial marketplace and facilitating a more in-depth collaboration between distributors and manufacturers within Canada, while simultaneously, closely working with advising decision makers, policy members and government officials.

      Website: https://www.ontario-sea.org/

      Twitter: https://twitter.com/ontariosea

      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ontariosea

       

      For media accreditation, photos or interview requests, please contact:

      Cory Stewart | Embrace Disruption PR

      p: 647.638.1586 | e: cory@embracedisruption.com

       

      About Carla Collins:

      Named “The 2015 Comedian of the Year” by the Southern California Motion Picture Council, Carla Collins is an award-winning comedian, actress, television and radio host and author. She has appeared in numerous movies and television shows in both Canada and the US and performs comedy in clubs, theatres and festivals all over North America. Collins is also a highly sought after motivational and corporate speaker.

      About Toby A. A Heaps:

      Toby is the co-founder and CEO of Corporate Knights magazine. He spearheaded the first global ranking of the world’s sustainable corporations in 2005, and in 2007 he coined the term ‘clean capitalism’. He has been published in the Globe & Mail, Wall Street Journal, Financial times and the Toronto Star. Heaps works on developing business strategies that create value across the environmental, social, and economic spectrums. In 2008, he served as press secretary to Ralph Nader. He is a regular contributor to public debates in Canada and beyond about public policy and business responsibility, particularly related to environmental, developmental, and sustainable challenges.

      About Dr. Dianne Saxe:

      Dianne Saxe is the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), a tough but fair watchdog over government compliance with the Environmental Bill of Rights. The ECO is a bridge between the public and the government on environmental issues.

      Before her appointment, Commissioner Saxe was one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers, with 40 years’ experience in environmental and energy law and litigation. After 14 years in the Ontario public service, plus experience in two major Bay Street law firms, she ran one of Canada’s top environmental law boutique law firms for 25 years. A Certified Specialist, Commissioner Saxe was recognized in every Canadian and international legal rating service, and as one of the world’s top 25 environmental lawyers by Best of the Best, 2008. She was Canada’s leading author on environmental law, through her books, columns and envirolaw.com blog, and Toronto’s first Environmental Lawyer of the Year. She received numerous other tributes, including Ontario Bar Association Distinguished Service Award and Osgoode Hall Lifetime Achievement Gold Key.

        Young Girl with Life Threatening Gastrointestinal Motility Disorder Designs Teddy Bear To Raise Funds For Starlight Children’s Foundation™ Canada

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        Five year old Starlight child Sloan created this year’s 9th collectible bear, available in-store and online through Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us Canada

        TORONTO, ON (October 26, 2017) – Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada in collaboration with Toys”R”Us, Canada has released their 9th Limited Edition Collectible Starlight Bear, designed and named after five year old Starlight child Sloan. The bear is now available both online and in-store at Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores across the nation. A portion of the Sloan bear’s sales will go towards funding Starlight Canada’s in and out-of-hospital programming, which aims to brighten the lives of seriously ill children across the country.

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        Since birth, bear designer Sloan has been treated for gastrointestinal motility disorder. This illness will affect her large intestine (colon) for her entire life and will require a series of major surgeries that will deeply impact her quality of living. Her 14 year old sister Abby, who lives with the same illness, has had to endure 15 surgeries, including a stoma surgically created for antegrade enemas. Despite her condition, Sloan’s cheerful and animated personality has helped her to overcome any challenges in her path.

        In designing the bear, Sloan was inspired by her love of everything purple and the comforting feeling of hugging something soft and cozy. The butterfly on the bear’s foot represents the magic Sloan finds within herself to spread her wings and soar above the obstacles she faces every day.

        “Each year, our Starlight collectible bears provide an opportunity to share a seriously ill child’s story of strength and courage with Canadians,” said Starlight executive director, Brian Bringolf. “We feel honoured to highlight Sloan’s journey with the release of this year’s bear through our strong 19 year partnership with Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us, Canada.”

        Through in-store and online campaigns, their Starlight Gala event sponsorship, and donations to in-hospital, neonatal care and out-of-hospital programs, Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us have donated an incredible $17 million to Starlight and have been extraordinary advocates in the community about Starlight’s work.

        Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada’s collectible bear “Sloan” retails for $19.99 and is available in Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores across Canada and online at http://bit.ly/starlightsloan.

         

        For more information, photos or interview requests, please contact:

        Cory Stewart, Embrace Disruption PR | cory@embracedisruption.com, 647.638.1586

         

        About Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada:

        Starlight Children’s Foundation™ Canada is part of Starlight’s global network, serving seriously ill children and their families through partnerships with more than 160 healthcare facilities. Over the past 25 years, Starlight has become a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Collaborating with innovators in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home.

        Website: http://www.starlightcanada.org/

        Twitter: @StarlightCanada #SloanBear

        Facebook: http://facebook.com/starlightcanada

        Instagram: @StarlightCanada

         

        About Toys”R”Us, Canada: 

        Toys”R”Us (Canada) Ltd. and Babies”R”Us are part of Toys”R”Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer. Toys”R”Us, Canada operates over 80 locations across the country. For store locations and convenient online shopping visit www.toysrus.ca and www.babiesrus.ca.

         

        Follow Toys”R”Us, Canada on Facebook (Facebook.com/ToysRUsCanada), Twitter (@ToysRUsCanada) and Instagram (@ToysRUsCanada)

          Winnipeg Girl Diagnosed with Leukemia Will Receive a Three Minute Shopping Spree through Local Toys“R”Us, Canada store this October

          Screen Shot 2017-08-22 at 3.48.38 PMStarlight Children’s Foundation™ Canada along with partner Toys”R”Us, Canada to provide eight Canadian families with a fun-filled escape away from the hospital, and their daily struggles with illness this fall.

           

          WINNIPEG, MB (September 12, 2017) - After being diagnosed with very high risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia last year, it’s safe to say that Winnipeg-based Starlight child Lily’s early life has had some challenges. From countless hospital stays to times of complete isolation during treatment, Lily (now seven years old) has missed out on many opportunities to enjoy just being a kid. This year, in an effort to provide Lily with a chance to create much-needed positive memories away from the hospital, Toys”R”Us, Canada in partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada will be gifting her with a 3-Minute Dash through the Toys“R”Us store located at 1560 Regent Ave. W., Winnipeg, MB. On Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7:00 a.m., Lily and her family will have the chance to race through the store to fill their shopping carts with as many free toys as possible within the three minute timeframe.

          The 3-Minute Dash program (now in its fourth successful year) is donated by Toys“R”Us as part of their long standing partnership with Starlight and will take place in eight cities across the nation this fall: Ottawa, Montreal, St. John’s, Langley, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Winnipeg. Each dash recipient was randomly selected as part of a contest Starlight held earlier this summer, in which families were asked to share the details of their child’s care journey and submit them to their local Starlight Programs Coordinator for entry.

          “At Starlight, we see first-hand the daily struggles and challenges Canadian families face when caring for their seriously ill child,” says Starlight Executive Director, Brian Bringolf. “Programs like the 3-Minute Dash are at the heart of our organization, providing us with the unique chance to bring welcome distraction and a genuine smile to the faces of deserving children like Lily.”

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          Over the past 19 years, Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us continues to be one of Starlight’s most involved and valuable partners. Through in-store and online campaigns, 3-Minute Dashes, their Starlight Gala event sponsorship, and donations to in-hospital, neonatal care and out-of-hospital programs, they have donated an incredible $17 million to Starlight and have been extraordinary advocates in the community about Starlight’s work.

          “Hope and laughter, entertainment and distraction, comfort and support are an integral part of the circle of care and make a real difference to the quality of a seriously ill child’s life. We hope our event brings Lily and her family much fun and excitement as our team members proudly welcome them to our Winnipeg Dash!” says Mary Hewton, VP Human Resources and Customer Relations for Toys“R”Us, Canada.

           

          More about Lily

          On November 21, 2016, Lily was diagnosed with very high risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Up until then, Lily was a completely healthy child, making the diagnosis an absolute shock to her and her family. Lily’s journey has been filled with many hours, days and weeks at the hospital, whether in cancer care, or in the CK-5 at the Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg. Despite all of her recent struggles, Lily finds ways to smile by enjoying activities like drawing, swimming, baking and singing. Lily will be celebrating her eighth birthday on October 1, making her upcoming dash an even more exciting event for her and her family.

           

          This year, in addition to the 3-Minute Dash, Toys“R”Us has also helped sponsor:

          • 85 Hospital Grants – Monetary funding to support distractive entertainment for hospitalized children.
          • 10,500 ER Admit Kits – A variety of care products for children and parents during unexpected hospital stays.
          • 7,000 Baby & Toddler Fun Kits – Cuddly toys and games to distract very young children during unpleasant hospital stays.
          • 100 Starlight Treasure Chests – A box filled with toys and surprises, used by children during appointments at the hospital or clinic.
          • Baby Resources for Hospitals Program – Supplying easy to sanitize crib mobiles and activity centers along with special infant seats to cover 100 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) across Canada.
          • First Nations Resource Program – A pilot project distributing 900 books and literature promoting Native and Inuit culture to pediatric hospitals serving the First Nations Community.

           

          For more information, media accreditation, photos or interview requests, please contact:

          Cory Stewart, Embrace Disruption PR | cory@embracedisruption.com, 647.638.1586

           

          About Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada:

          Starlight Children’s Foundation™ Canada is part of Starlight’s global network, serving seriously ill children and their families through partnerships with more than 160 healthcare facilities. Over the past 25 years, Starlight has become a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Collaborating with innovators in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home.

          Website: http://www.starlightcanada.org/

          Twitter: @StarlightCanada #StarDash

          Facebook: http://facebook.com/starlightcanada

          Instagram: http://instagram.com/starlightcanada

          Periscope: @StarlightCanada

           

          About Toys“R”Us, Canada: 

          Toys“R”Us (Canada) Ltd. and Babies“R”Us are part of Toys“R”Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer. Toys“R”Us, Canada operates 82 full-sized stores across the country. For store locations and convenient online shopping visit www.toysrus.ca and www.babiesrus.ca.

           

          Follow Toys“R”Us, Canada on Facebook (Facebook.com/ToysRUsCanada), Twitter (@ToysRUsCanada) and Instagram (@ToysRUsCanada)

            Toronto Boy Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy Will Receive a Three Minute Shopping Spree through Local Toys“R”Us, Canada store this October

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            Starlight Children’s Foundation™ Canada along with partner Toys”R”Us, Canada to provide eight Canadian families with a fun-filled escape away from the hospital, and their daily struggles with illness this fall.

            TORONTO, ON (September 5, 2017) - After being diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy at a young age, it’s safe to say that Toronto-based Starlight child Lucas’s early life has had some challenges. From countless hospital stays to times of complete isolation during treatment and therapy, Lucas (who is now seven years old) has missed out on many opportunities to enjoy just being a kid. This year, in an effort to provide Lucas with a chance to create much-needed positive memories away from the hospital, Toys”R”Us, Canada in partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada will be gifting him with a 3-Minute Dash through the Toys“R”Us store located at 690 Evans Ave., Etobicoke, ON, M9C 1A1. On Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7:00 a.m., Lucas and his family will have the chance to race through the store to fill their shopping carts with as many free toys as possible within the three minute timeframe.

            The 3-Minute Dash program (now in its fourth successful year) is donated by Toys“R”Us as part of their long standing partnership with Starlight and will take place in eight cities across the nation this fall: Ottawa, Montreal, St. John’s, Langley, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Winnipeg. Each dash recipient was randomly selected as part of a contest Starlight held earlier this summer, in which families were asked to share the details of their child’s care journey and submit them to their local Starlight Programs Coordinator for entry.

            Screen Shot 2017-09-06 at 9.16.11 AM“At Starlight, we see first-hand the daily struggles and challenges Canadian families face when caring for their seriously ill child,” says Starlight Executive Director, Brian Bringolf. “Programs like the 3-Minute Dash are at the heart of our organization, providing us with the unique chance to bring welcome distraction and a genuine smile to the faces of deserving children like Lucas.”

            Over the past 19 years, Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us continues to be one of Starlight’s most involved and valuable partners. Through in-store and online campaigns, 3-Minute Dashes, their Starlight Gala event sponsorship, and donations to in-hospital, neonatal care and out-of-hospital programs, they have donated an incredible $17 million to Starlight and have been extraordinary advocates in the community about Starlight’s work.

            “Hope and laughter, entertainment and distraction, comfort and support are an integral part of the circle of care and make a real difference to the quality of a seriously ill child’s life. We hope our event brings Lucas and his family much fun and excitement as our team members proudly welcome them to our Toronto Dash!” says Mary Hewton, VP Human Resources and Customer Relations for Toys“R”Us, Canada.

             

            More about Lucas

            From prematurity, reflux, Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy resulting in prolonged seizures up to 90 minutes, respiratory syncytial virus, numerous tests, hospitalizations and countless hours of therapy, Lucas has struggled through many challenges in his early life. Despite what he has had to overcome, Lucas always focuses on what he can do, rather than what he can’t. Lucas loves being around people and brightens his days by enjoying music, dancing and crafts. A big fan of the song “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)”, Lucas also enjoys watching anything with exciting dance choreography!

             

            This year, in addition to the 3-Minute Dash, Toys“R”Us has also helped sponsor:

            • 85 Hospital Grants – Monetary funding to support distractive entertainment for hospitalized children.
            • 10,500 ER Admit Kits – A variety of care products for children and parents during unexpected hospital stays.
            • 7,000 Baby & Toddler Fun Kits – Cuddly toys and games to distract very young children during unpleasant hospital stays.
            • 100 Starlight Treasure Chests – A box filled with toys and surprises, used by children during appointments at the hospital or clinic.
            • Baby Resources for Hospitals Program – Supplying easy to sanitize crib mobiles and activity centers along with special infant seats to cover 100 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) across Canada.
            • First Nations Resource Program – A pilot project distributing 900 books and literature promoting Native and Inuit culture to pediatric hospitals serving the First Nations Community.

             

            For more information, media accreditation, photos or interview requests, please contact:

            Cory Stewart, Embrace Disruption PR | cory@embracedisruption.com, 647.638.1586

             

            About Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada:

            Starlight Children’s Foundation™ Canada is part of Starlight’s global network, serving seriously ill children and their families through partnerships with more than 160 healthcare facilities. Over the past 25 years, Starlight has become a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Collaborating with innovators in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home.

            Website: http://www.starlightcanada.org/

            Twitter: @StarlightCanada #StarDash

            Facebook: http://facebook.com/starlightcanada

            Instagram: http://instagram.com/starlightcanada

            Periscope: @StarlightCanada

             

            About Toys“R”Us, Canada: 

            Toys“R”Us (Canada) Ltd. and Babies“R”Us are part of Toys“R”Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer. Toys“R”Us, Canada operates 82 full-sized stores across the country. For store locations and convenient online shopping visit www.toysrus.ca and www.babiesrus.ca.

             

            Follow Toys“R”Us, Canada on Facebook (Facebook.com/ToysRUsCanada), Twitter (@ToysRUsCanada) and Instagram (@ToysRUsCanada)

              Calgary Boy Diagnosed with Hollow Visceral Myopathy Will Receive a Three Minute Shopping Spree through Local Toys“R”Us, Canada store this September

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              Starlight Children’s Foundation™ Canada along with partner Toys”R”Us, Canada to provide eight Canadian families with a fun-filled escape away from the hospital, and their daily struggles with illness this fall.

              CALGARY, AB (August 30, 2017) - After being diagnosed with Hollow Visceral Myopathy, a digestive disorder where the intestines are unable to contract normally and push food through the digestive system, it’s safe to say that Calgary-based Starlight child Oliver’s early life has had some challenges. From countless hospital stays to times of complete isolation during treatment, Oliver (who turns ten years old on September 17) has missed out on many opportunities to enjoy just being a kid. This year, in an effort to provide Oliver with a chance to create much-needed positive memories away from the hospital, Toys”R”Us, Canada in partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada will be gifting him with a 3-Minute Dash through the Toys“R”Us store located at 261055 Crossiron Blvd., Unit 4, Rocky View, AB. On Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7:00 a.m., Oliver and his family will have the chance to race through the store to fill their shopping carts with as many free toys as possible within the three minute timeframe.

              The 3-Minute Dash program (now in its fourth successful year) is donated by Toys“R”Us as part of their long standing partnership with Starlight and will take place in eight cities across the nation this fall: Ottawa, Montreal, St. John’s, Langley, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Winnipeg. Each dash recipient was randomly selected as part of a contest Starlight held earlier this summer, in which families were asked to share the details of their child’s care journey and submit them to their local Starlight Programs Coordinator for entry.

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              “At Starlight, we see first-hand the daily struggles and challenges Canadian families face when caring for their seriously ill child,” says Starlight Executive Director, Brian Bringolf. “Programs like the 3-Minute Dash are at the heart of our organization, providing us with the unique chance to bring welcome distraction and a genuine smile to the faces of deserving children like Oliver.”

              Over the past 19 years, Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us continues to be one of Starlight’s most involved and valuable partners. Through in-store and online campaigns, 3-Minute Dashes, their Starlight Gala event sponsorship, and donations to in-hospital, neonatal care and out-of-hospital programs, they have donated an incredible $17 million to Starlight and have been extraordinary advocates in the community about Starlight’s work.

              “Hope and laughter, entertainment and distraction, comfort and support are an integral part of the circle of care and make a real difference to the quality of a seriously ill child’s life. We hope our event brings Oliver and his family much fun and excitement as our team members proudly welcome them to our Calgary Dash!” says Mary Hewton, VP Human Resources and Customer Relations for Toys“R”Us, Canada.

               

              More about Oliver

              Oliver will be receiving his 3-Minute Dash just shortly after his tenth birthday, which he celebrates on September 17th. Although he has to spend 15 hours of each day hooked up to an IV, Oliver doesn’t let that stop him from playing outside or flying his remote control helicopter! On days where he doesn’t feel well enough to get out of bed, Oliver spends his time playing video games or watching his favourite movie, Harry Potter.

              This year, in addition to the 3-Minute Dash, Toys“R”Us has also helped sponsor:

              • 85 Hospital Grants – Monetary funding to support distractive entertainment for hospitalized children.
              • 10,500 ER Admit Kits – A variety of care products for children and parents during unexpected hospital stays.
              • 7,000 Baby & Toddler Fun Kits – Cuddly toys and games to distract very young children during unpleasant hospital stays.
              • 100 Starlight Treasure Chests – A box filled with toys and surprises, used by children during appointments at the hospital or clinic.
              • Baby Resources for Hospitals Program – Supplying easy to sanitize crib mobiles and activity centers along with special infant seats to cover 100 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) across Canada.
              • First Nations Resource Program – A pilot project distributing 900 books and literature promoting Native and Inuit culture to pediatric hospitals serving the First Nations Community.

               

              For more information, media accreditation, photos or interview requests, please contact:

              Cory Stewart, Embrace Disruption PR | cory@embracedisruption.com, 647.638.1586

               

              About Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada:

              Starlight Children’s Foundation™ Canada is part of Starlight’s global network, serving seriously ill children and their families through partnerships with more than 160 healthcare facilities. Over the past 25 years, Starlight has become a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Collaborating with innovators in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home.

               

              Website: http://www.starlightcanada.org/

              Twitter: @StarlightCanada #StarDash

              Facebook: http://facebook.com/starlightcanada

              Instagram: http://instagram.com/starlightcanada

              Periscope: @StarlightCanada

              About Toys“R”Us, Canada: 

              Toys“R”Us (Canada) Ltd. and Babies“R”Us are part of Toys“R”Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer. Toys“R”Us, Canada operates 82 full-sized stores across the country. For store locations and convenient online shopping visit www.toysrus.ca and www.babiesrus.ca.

              Follow Toys“R”Us, Canada on Facebook (Facebook.com/ToysRUsCanada), Twitter (@ToysRUsCanada) and Instagram (@ToysRUsCanada)

                Edmonton Girl Diagnosed with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome Will Receive a Three Minute Shopping Spree through Local Toys“R”Us, Canada store this September

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                Edmonton Girl Diagnosed with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome Will Receive a Three Minute Shopping Spree through Local Toys“R”Us, Canada store this September

                 

                Starlight Children’s Foundation™ Canada along with partner Toys”R”Us, Canada to provide eight Canadian families with a fun-filled escape away from the hospital, and their daily struggles with illness this fall.

                 

                EDMONTON, AB (August 30, 2017) - After being diagnosed with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes seizures and affects facial appearance, growth, development, intellectual ability and muscle tone, it’s safe to say that Edmonton-based Starlight child Sadie’s early life has had some challenges. From countless hospital stays to times of complete isolation during treatment, Sadie (now eleven years old) has missed out on many opportunities to enjoy just being a kid. This year, in an effort to provide Sadie with a chance to create much-needed positive memories away from the hospital, Toys”R”Us, Canada in partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada will be gifting her with a 3-Minute Dash through the Toys“R”Us store located at Southpark Village Mall, 3940 Gateway Blvd. NW, Edmonton, AB. On Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:00 a.m., Sadie and her family will have the chance to race through the store to fill their shopping carts with as many free toys as possible within the three minute timeframe.

                The 3-Minute Dash program (now in its fourth successful year) is donated by Toys“R”Us as part of their long standing partnership with Starlight and will take place in eight cities across the nation this fall: Ottawa, Montreal, St. John’s, Langley, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Winnipeg. Each dash recipient was randomly selected as part of a contest Starlight held earlier this summer, in which families were asked to share the details of their child’s care journey and submit them to their local Starlight Programs Coordinator for entry.

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                “At Starlight, we see first-hand the daily struggles and challenges Canadian families face when caring for their seriously ill child,” says Starlight Executive Director, Brian Bringolf. “Programs like the 3-Minute Dash are at the heart of our organization, providing us with the unique chance to bring welcome distraction and a genuine smile to the faces of deserving children like Sadie.”

                Over the past 19 years, Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us continues to be one of Starlight’s most involved and valuable partners. Through in-store and online campaigns, 3-Minute Dashes, their Starlight Gala event sponsorship, and donations to in-hospital, neonatal care and out-of-hospital programs, they have donated an incredible $17 million to Starlight and have been extraordinary advocates in the community about Starlight’s work.

                “Hope and laughter, entertainment and distraction, comfort and support are an integral part of the circle of care and make a real difference to the quality of a seriously ill child’s life. We hope our event brings Sadie and her family much fun and excitement as our team members proudly welcome them to our Edmonton Dash!” says Mary Hewton, VP Human Resources and Customer Relations for Toys“R”Us, Canada.

                More about Sadie

                Sadie is a ten year old girl who is full of life and positive energy. Some of Sadie’s favourite activities involve dancing to music (particularly Lady Gaga and Katy Perry), playing games and riding her bike. Sadie has a love for the colour purple and is a massive fan of the Disney hit Monsters Inc.

                 

                This year, in addition to the 3-Minute Dash, Toys“R”Us has also helped sponsor:

                • 85 Hospital Grants – Monetary funding to support distractive entertainment for hospitalized children.
                • 10,500 ER Admit Kits – A variety of care products for children and parents during unexpected hospital stays.
                • 7,000 Baby & Toddler Fun Kits – Cuddly toys and games to distract very young children during unpleasant hospital stays.
                • 100 Starlight Treasure Chests – A box filled with toys and surprises, used by children during appointments at the hospital or clinic.
                • Baby Resources for Hospitals Program – Supplying easy to sanitize crib mobiles and activity centers along with special infant seats to cover 100 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) across Canada.
                • First Nations Resource Program – A pilot project distributing 900 books and literature promoting Native and Inuit culture to pediatric hospitals serving the First Nations Community.

                 

                For more information, media accreditation, photos or interview requests, please contact:

                Cory Stewart, Embrace Disruption PR | cory@embracedisruption.com, 647.638.1586

                 

                About Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada:

                Starlight Children’s Foundation™ Canada is part of Starlight’s global network, serving seriously ill children and their families through partnerships with more than 160 healthcare facilities. Over the past 25 years, Starlight has become a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Collaborating with innovators in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home.

                Website: http://www.starlightcanada.org/

                Twitter: @StarlightCanada #StarDash

                Facebook: http://facebook.com/starlightcanada

                Instagram: http://instagram.com/starlightcanada

                Periscope: @StarlightCanada

                 

                About Toys“R”Us, Canada: 

                Toys“R”Us (Canada) Ltd. and Babies“R”Us are part of Toys“R”Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer. Toys“R”Us, Canada operates 82 full-sized stores across the country. For store locations and convenient online shopping visit www.toysrus.ca and www.babiesrus.ca.

                 

                Follow Toys“R”Us, Canada on Facebook (Facebook.com/ToysRUsCanada), Twitter (@ToysRUsCanada) and Instagram (@ToysRUsCanada)

                  Langley Girl Diagnosed with Cancer Will Receive a Three Minute Shopping Spree through Local Toys“R”Us, Canada store this September

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                  Starlight Children’s Foundation™ Canada along with partner Toys”R”Us, Canada to provide eight Canadian families with a fun-filled escape away from the hospital, and their daily struggles with illness this fall.

                   

                  LANGLEY, B.C. (August 29, 2017) - After being diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour at the age of four, it’s safe to say that Langley-based Starlight child Talia’s early life has had some challenges. From countless hospital stays to times of complete isolation during treatment and surgery, Talia (now six years old) has missed out on many opportunities to enjoy just being a kid. This year, in an effort to provide Talia with a chance to create much-needed positive memories away from the hospital, Toys”R”Us, Canada in partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada will be gifting her with a 3-Minute Dash through the Toys“R”Us store located at Willowbrook Shopping Centre, 19705 Fraser Highway, Langley, BC. On Monday, September 25, 2017 at 7:00 a.m., Talia and her family will have the chance to race through the store to fill their shopping carts with as many free toys as possible within the three minute timeframe.

                  The 3-Minute Dash program (now in its fourth successful year) is donated by Toys“R”Us as part of their long standing partnership with Starlight and will take place in eight cities across the nation this fall: Ottawa, Montreal, St. John’s, Langley, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Winnipeg. Each dash recipient was randomly selected as part of a contest Starlight held earlier this summer, in which families were asked to share the details of their child’s care journey and submit them to their local Starlight Programs Coordinator for entry.

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                  “At Starlight, we see first-hand the daily struggles and challenges Canadian families face when caring for their seriously ill child,” says Starlight Executive Director, Brian Bringolf. “Programs like the 3-Minute Dash are at the heart of our organization, providing us with the unique chance to bring welcome distraction and a genuine smile to the faces of deserving children like Talia.”

                  Over the past 19 years, Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us continues to be one of Starlight’s most involved and valuable partners. Through in-store and online campaigns, 3-Minute Dashes, their Starlight Gala event sponsorship, and donations to in-hospital, neonatal care and out-of-hospital programs, they have donated an incredible $17 million to Starlight and have been extraordinary advocates in the community about Starlight’s work.

                  “Hope and laughter, entertainment and distraction, comfort and support are an integral part of the circle of care and make a real difference to the quality of a seriously ill child’s life. We hope our event brings Talia and her family much fun and excitement as our team members proudly welcome them to our Langley Dash!” says Mary Hewton, VP Human Resources and Customer Relations for Toys“R”Us, Canada.

                   

                  More about Talia

                  At just four years old, Talia was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour on her brain stem. Throughout her ongoing chemotherapy treatment (of over 85 weeks), Talia likes to keep her spirits up with dancing, singing karaoke and swimming. A Barbie fan through and through, Talia loves anything pink or purple, and can often be caught listening to her favourite musical artists Megan Trainor and Bruno Mars.

                  This year, in addition to the 3-Minute Dash, Toys“R”Us has also helped sponsor:

                  • 85 Hospital Grants – Monetary funding to support distractive entertainment for hospitalized children.
                  • 10,500 ER Admit Kits – A variety of care products for children and parents during unexpected hospital stays.
                  • 7,000 Baby & Toddler Fun Kits – Cuddly toys and games to distract very young children during unpleasant hospital stays.
                  • 100 Starlight Treasure Chests – A box filled with toys and surprises, used by children during appointments at the hospital or clinic.
                  • Baby Resources for Hospitals Program – Supplying easy to sanitize crib mobiles and activity centers along with special infant seats to cover 100 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) across Canada.
                  • First Nations Resource Program – A pilot project distributing 900 books and literature promoting Native and Inuit culture to pediatric hospitals serving the First Nations Community.

                   

                  For more information, media accreditation, photos or interview requests, please contact:

                  Cory Stewart, Embrace Disruption PR | cory@embracedisruption.com, 647.638.1586

                   

                  About Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada:

                  Starlight Children’s Foundation™ Canada is part of Starlight’s global network, serving seriously ill children and their families through partnerships with more than 160 healthcare facilities. Over the past 25 years, Starlight has become a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Collaborating with innovators in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home.

                  Website: http://www.starlightcanada.org/

                  Twitter: @StarlightCanada #StarDash

                  Facebook: http://facebook.com/starlightcanada

                  Instagram: http://instagram.com/starlightcanada

                  Periscope: @StarlightCanada

                   

                  About Toys“R”Us, Canada: 

                  Toys“R”Us (Canada) Ltd. and Babies“R”Us are part of Toys“R”Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer. Toys“R”Us, Canada operates 82 full-sized stores across the country. For store locations and convenient online shopping visit www.toysrus.ca and www.babiesrus.ca.

                  Follow Toys“R”Us, Canada on Facebook (Facebook.com/ToysRUsCanada), Twitter (@ToysRUsCanada) and Instagram (@ToysRUsCanada)

                    St. John’s Boy Diagnosed with Brain Tumour Will Receive a Three Minute Shopping Spree through Local Toys“R”Us, Canada store this September

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                    Starlight Children’s Foundation™ Canada along with partner Toys”R”Us, Canada to provide eight Canadian families with a fun-filled escape away from the hospital, and their daily struggles with illness this fall.

                    ST. JOHN’S, NFLD (August 24, 2017) - After being diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of five, it’s safe to say that St. John’s-based Starlight child Nathan’s early life has had some challenges. From countless hospital stays to times of complete isolation during treatment and surgery, Nathan (now seven years old) has missed out on many opportunities to enjoy just being a kid. This year, in an effort to provide Nathan with a chance to create much-needed positive memories away from the hospital, Toys”R”Us, Canada in partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada will be gifting him with a 3-Minute Dash through the Toys“R”Us store located at Woodgate Plaza, 58 Kenmount Road, St. John’s, NFLD. On Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7:00 a.m., Nathan and his family will have the chance to race through the store to fill their shopping carts with as many free toys as possible within the three minute timeframe.

                    The 3-Minute Dash program (now in its fourth successful year) is donated by Toys“R”Us as part of their long standing partnership with Starlight and will take place in eight cities across the nation this fall: Ottawa, Montreal, St. John’s, Langley, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Winnipeg. Each dash recipient was randomly selected as part of a contest Starlight held earlier this summer, in which families were asked to share the details of their child’s care journey and submit them to their local Starlight Programs Coordinator for entry.

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                    “At Starlight, we see first-hand the daily struggles and challenges Canadian families face when caring for their seriously ill child,” says Starlight Executive Director, Brian Bringolf. “Programs like the 3-Minute Dash are at the heart of our organization, providing us with the unique chance to bring welcome distraction and a genuine smile to the faces of deserving children like Nathan.”

                    Over the past 19 years, Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us continues to be one of Starlight’s most involved and valuable partners. Through in-store and online campaigns, 3-Minute Dashes, their Starlight Gala event sponsorship, and donations to in-hospital, neonatal care and out-of-hospital programs, they have donated an incredible $17 million to Starlight and have been extraordinary advocates in the community about Starlight’s work.

                    “Hope and laughter, entertainment and distraction, comfort and support are an integral part of the circle of care and make a real difference to the quality of a seriously ill child’s life. We hope our event brings Nathan and his family much fun and excitement as our team members proudly welcome them to our St. John’s Dash!” says Mary Hewton, VP Human Resources and Customer Relations for Toys“R”Us, Canada.

                    More about Nathan

                    On May 20, 2015, a then five-year-old Nathan had his world turned upside down, when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. He was immediately hospitalized at the Janeway in St. John’s, and underwent what would be the first of several brain surgeries on May 27, 2015. Following two rounds of chemotherapy, Nathan’s family learned that the tumour had already started to grow back, and he was then sent to the IWK in Halifax for another surgery to remove the new growth. He then underwent 33 radiation treatments.  Following this, Nathan’s family had a year and a half of clear scans, with life seemingly getting life back to normal; Nathan started school and blossomed with his friends and his activities. In June of 2017, they learned that unfortunately two new tumours had quickly grown in his little brain. Once again he was sent to Halifax, and just weeks ago, underwent back-to-back surgeries to remove the tumours. Nathan is currently undergoing additional radiation treatments.

                    Throughout it all, Nathan has kept a smile on his face and joy in his heart. With his love of swimming, playing mini golf and legos, along with video games like Minecraft and Halo, Nathan has found ways to escape his diagnosis through distractive entertainment.

                    This year, in addition to the 3-Minute Dash, Toys“R”Us has also helped sponsor:

                    • 85 Hospital Grants – Monetary funding to support distractive entertainment for hospitalized children.
                    • 10,500 ER Admit Kits – A variety of care products for children and parents during unexpected hospital stays.
                    • 7,000 Baby & Toddler Fun Kits – Cuddly toys and games to distract very young children during unpleasant hospital stays.
                    • 100 Starlight Treasure Chests – A box filled with toys and surprises, used by children during appointments at the hospital or clinic.
                    • Baby Resources for Hospitals Program – Supplying easy to sanitize crib mobiles and activity centers along with special infant seats to cover 100 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) across Canada.
                    • First Nations Resource Program – A pilot project distributing 900 books and literature promoting Native and Inuit culture to pediatric hospitals serving the First Nations Community.

                     

                    For more information, media accreditation, photos or interview requests, please contact:

                    Cory Stewart, Embrace Disruption PR | cory@embracedisruption.com, 647.638.1586

                     

                    About Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada:

                    Starlight Children’s Foundation™ Canada is part of Starlight’s global network, serving seriously ill children and their families through partnerships with more than 160 healthcare facilities. Over the past 25 years, Starlight has become a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Collaborating with innovators in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home.

                    Website: http://www.starlightcanada.org/

                    Twitter: @StarlightCanada #StarDash

                    Facebook: http://facebook.com/starlightcanada

                    Instagram: http://instagram.com/starlightcanada

                    Periscope: @StarlightCanada

                     

                    About Toys“R”Us, Canada: 

                    Toys“R”Us (Canada) Ltd. and Babies“R”Us are part of Toys“R”Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer. Toys“R”Us, Canada operates 82 full-sized stores across the country. For store locations and convenient online shopping visit www.toysrus.ca and www.babiesrus.ca.

                    Follow Toys“R”Us, Canada on Facebook (Facebook.com/ToysRUsCanada), Twitter (@ToysRUsCanada) and Instagram (@ToysRUsCanada)

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