Premier Breaks Ground To Support Pediatric Palliative Care Home
Roger's House To Enhance The Quality Of Life For Terminally Ill Children
OTTAWA -- Roger's House will provide comfort and a better quality of life for children living with terminal illness and their families, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
"Roger's House is the legacy of a great man and hockey legend who touched the lives of so many," said Premier McGuinty. "I'm proud to offer our government's continued support as we work together to build Roger's House."
Premier McGuinty helped break ground for Roger's House today, together with the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), the Ottawa Senators and members of the local community.
The home is being built by the Ottawa Senators Foundation in partnership with CHEO and will provide pediatric palliative care to children and teens living with a progressive terminal illness. The facility will also offer an outreach program to support families, doctors and other health care providers in the community.
Since June 2003, the community has raised over $1.8 million in donations for Roger's House, which is being built to honour former Ottawa Senators' coach Roger Neilson, who died of cancer in 2003.
"I'm proud that our government is helping to carry out Roger's legacy," said Premier McGuinty. "Together, we can ensure that many more lives are touched and inspired by Roger's dedication and kindness."