It delivers close to $ 3 million in 20 years for sick children

News 18 January, 2018
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    Robert Sears, Jessica Sears, Alexandra Sears and Sylvie Sanschagrin annually organize a curling bonspiel that raises thousands of dollars, given to the two hospitals for children in Montreal.

    Hugo Duchaine

    Thursday, 18 January, 2018 01:00

    Thursday, 18 January, 2018 01:00

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    The father of a family who felt indebted to the Sainte-Justine hospital in Montreal, who has saved his daughter 20 years ago, has since given nearly $ 3 million for sick children.

    It is thanks to Robert Sears and his family if children with a brain tumour can now undergo laser surgery at the Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine.

    “When I was offered to buy it [to the hospital], I wanted to sign the same day “, he said about $ 600,000 of that his organization has given over four years for this device.

    If he was so enthusiastic, it is because his own daughter, Jessica, had to undergo brain surgery 20 years ago, when she was only 2 years.

    Rare malformation

    She had a rare malformation of the brain and only a surgery could save his life. However, it could just as easily be fatal.

    Fortunately, everything went well. But once back at the house, Robert Sears to do was to give back to the hospital to allow other children to have the same chance of her Jessica.

    Since he had been in the habit of organizing a curling tournament friendly once a year for his colleagues, he had the idea of making an event to benefit the Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine.

    500 $

    “The goal was to collect 500 $, but we finally received close to 7000 $ “, he laughs.

    Delighted by the generosity of the guests, he and his family have decided to continue.

    “It’s become almost a second job full-time. We are family Curling for kids “, adds the consultant. His daughter, Jessica, the origin of the initiative, today gives a hand up, in addition to his other daughter and his wife.

    In full health and without sequelae of the operation, the young woman is currently pursuing a master’s degree in architecture, tells proudly his father.

    In 20 years, the annual tournaments have raised nearly $ 3 million. Of the sums he has given to the Sainte-Justine hospital, but also to the Montreal children’s Hospital.

    To celebrate its 20 years, the organization is holding an event tonight at the Atrium, P. K. Subban of the Montreal children’s Hospital.