November 5, 2019 (Toronto, ON) – It was an exciting day for some of Canada’s best skiers as they visited with young patients and their families at Toronto’s SickKids Hospital. Olympic gold medalist in Ski Cross Brady Leman, Olympic silver medalist in Ski Cross Britt Phelan, world 12th ranked slalom skier Erin Mielzynski and bronze medalist at the Paralympics Alana Ramsay performed with therapeutic clowns A. Leboo and Fern in Marnie’s Studio. The activity was broadcast on Child Life TV to over 300 rooms in the hospital and coincided with Alpine Canada’s 100th Anniversary celebration.
The athletes hope their visit brightened the young patients’ day, as Britt Phelan explains “To be able to visit SickKids Hospital and make personal connections and show them that we are here for them and they have our support is something I’m very grateful for. They inspire me as much as I hope to inspire them.”
The visit was made more special as the team got to meet Peterborough teen Christian Levec. Christian is a 16-year-old ski racer with the Devil’s Elbow Racing Club and Brimacombe Racing. He was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma in the summer and is being treated at SickKids Hospital. Christian is excited to work with Alpine Canada to celebrate their 100th Anniversary by designing a t-shirt to celebrate the sports and milestone season. Alpine Canada will sell 100 t-shirts with all proceeds going to the SickKids Foundation. The t-shirts will go on sale later this year at www.alpinecanada.org.
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