8 p.m., July 11)
Queenswood Heights youngster uses lemonade stand to give
By Fred Sherwin
year, five-year-old Zach De Toni wanted to have a lemonade
stand to raise some money to buy more toys. Skip
ahead a year and he finally was able to have a lemonade
stand, but for a vasty different reason.
Six-year-od Zach De Toni serves up some lemonade
to a couple of young customers to help raise
money for CHEO. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Heights youngster underwent an emergency operation at
CHEO in April for a non-life threatening condition.
operation went off without a hitch thanks to the amazing
staff at the children's hospital, and Zach, who is now
six, wanted to show his appreciation by raising money
with his lemonade stand.
a little help from his parents Allison and Glen, his baby
sister Abby, and a Star Wars stormtrooper, Zach was able
to raise nearly $800, one glass of lemonade at a time.
the many people who dropped by were Ottawa-Orléans
MP Royal Galipeau, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Orleans Ward
Coun. Bob Monette's family (the councillor is out of town
on official business), Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais
and CHEO president and CEO Alex Munter.
to say, Zach's parents were pretty proud of their son's
very lucky to have such a great kid and he wanted to give
back because CHEO took such great care of him when he
had his operation and he asked if he could do a lemonade
stand to give back and of course we said yes," says
De Toni did his part for the lemonade stand by making
a batch of miniature cup cakes. It was Glen who took Zach
to CHEO the day he had the operation.
went in the afternoon and he underwent surgery that same
night," says De Toni, who experienced the same emotions
any parent feel under similar circumstances.
start thinking about what can go wrong, will he be abe
to have kids when he gets older, but even he acknowledged
it could have been worse. He was talking to another kid
who was in there for a long time and he was able process
that he coud be a lot worse off."
the operation went off without a hitch and Zach has made
a full recovery without any lasting effects, for which
his parents are especially thankful.
couldn't be more grateful, we really couldn't," says Allison.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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