This evening I received a note from Ted Moroz, President of the Beer Store system in Ontario. He was recounting the reasons that he and his team engage in an annual fundraising effort for Leukemia and Lymphoma research. I will let you read it for yourself. It is a terrific reflection on how we can make a difference for those in need. Thanks for sharing Ted and thanks for letting me share on our blog. Cheers to the difference that you and the employees and customers of the Beer Store continue to make.
Here it is…
“Why do I raise funds to fight Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Blood Cancers?
A couple of years ago, while participating in our annual “Returns for Leukemia” bottle drive at the Alliston Beer Store, I noticed members of our team approach a mom and her little boy, who were beginning to pile empties on a cart, to explain what we were doing – collecting empty beer, wine and liquor containers and cashing them in to donate to blood cancer research. The mom replied that her young son, who we figured was about 9 or 10, had just spent several hours cleaning up the garage and gathering up the empties so the refund coming back was rightfully his. We smiled understandingly and started to help them with the empties regardless. We were out of earshot, but saw the little boy tug on his mom’s sleeve and she bent down to speak with him. The mom rose to look at us with a tear in her eye and she relayed that her little boy had a friend at school who was sick with Leukemia and he wanted to donate these empties to help his friend.
A few months ago, a very close friend and one of the best bosses I ever had buried his son after he lost his battle with Lymphoma. I don’t think any parent should ever have to bury her or his own child and experience such unbearable agony.
There is an employee at our Brampton distribution centre by the name of Chris Bidner. And Chris’s wife Jane is also a beer store employee and 12R24 member who works at one of our Guelph locations. Besides being all round nice people, Chris and Jane have always been big supporters of our annual fundraising campaigns and Chris is a real go-getter when it comes to raising the bar and encouraging his co-workers at Brampton DC to help out. Chris and Jane’s four year-old grandson Nevan has been diagnosed with Leukemia and will endure treatments for the next 2 years.
Last year at the Quarter Century meeting, a celebration we have for employees upon achieving twenty five years of service, I ran into Jim Silva and his wife Margaret. Jim is a store manager in Toronto. Margaret went on to tell me how proud she was that her husband’s company, along with UFCW Local 12R24, raised so much for Leukemia research. Their 18 year old daughter Samantha, who had just started school at the University of Guelph, and had made the Lacrosse team, had been diagnosed with Leukemia. Samantha is in remission thanks to the advances of modern day research and returned to Guelph last year helping her Lacrosse team make it to the finals. Jim also wanted to pass along how vitally important it is to donate blood.
So why do I help raise funds for Leukemia research? I do it so little kids can just be little kids and not have to worry or see their friends have leukemia. I do it so parents do not have to bury their children who have succumbed to the awful diseases. I do it so Jane and Chris Bidner can watch their grandchild grow and other four year olds do not have to go through multiple years of chemotherapy. I do it so that Jim and Margaret can cheer on Samantha and her lacrosse team. That’s why.
This past year, The Beer Store and Local 12R24 raised over $1.7 million in the fight against blood cancers. Next year’s campaign is officially underway and I am going to once again run a half marathon (21K) to help out and raise money for the fight.
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Thanks Ted ! @MolsonFerg