A long journey home: Stefano’s big victory

Stefano Ruvo

Appearances can be deceiving. The first year of a child's life is without a doubt a period of great vulnerability. However, as you will read in the following story, newborns can also show incredible resilience, sometimes even against all odds. Born on December 1, 2009, Stefano Ruvo was transferred to The Children's at three days of age when doctors saw that he couldn't breathe on his own. After undergoing extensive tests, Stefano was diagnosed with Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS), a rare condition of the central nervous system. Doctors explained to parents Rosa and Vito Ruvo that, since Stefano's brain was …

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Greg Rokos is appointed Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors


The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation is proud to announce that Mr. Greg Rokos was appointed Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors at the Foundation’s Annual General Meeting on November 9. Mr. Rokos succeeds Dr. Nicolas Steinmetz, who was Chairman from 2006 to 2011. Founder and President of ESI Technologies, a leader in IT solutions, Mr. Rokos has a longstanding commitment to The Children’s and its Foundation. He joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2003 and has since been a driving force in its major fundraising activities.

The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation has a new President


Dr. Nicolas Steinmetz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, is proud to announce the appointment of Ms. Marie-Josée Gariépy as Foundation President. Attorney and member of the Quebec Bar Association, Ms. Gariépy also has extensive expertise in taxation following studies at HEC Montréal. Having already acquired significant fundraising experience, Ms. Gariépy joined the Foundation in 2004 as Director of the Gift Planning Department. She is also a leader in the field of academics, having helped to develop the fundraising program at the Université de Montréal, where she currently teaches. She is regarded as one …

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CN Canadian Women’s Open raises $2.1 million


This summer, the CN Canadian Women's Open raised $2.1 million for The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Ste-Justine UHC Foundation through the CN Miracle Match program, which was created in 2006 to raise funds for children’s hospitals by matching funds raised through various initiatives connected with the CN Canadian Women’s Open. The amount raised this year at the tournament at Hillsdale Golf and Country Club in Mirabel, QC, is a record for the CN Miracle Match. “This is an outstanding achievement,” said Claude Mongeau, CN president and chief executive officer. “The citizens of Montreal have truly opened their hearts …

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