Stollery kids go for special ride in exotic cars
Published Saturday, September 8, 2012 5:30PM MDT
Some young Edmontonians got the ride of their lives on Saturday.
Ten kids and teenagers from the Stollery Children’s Hospital got to ride shotgun in a parade of exotic cars as part of the second annual Kids and Cars for the Stollery fundraiser.
About 50 exotic and classic cars were on display in south Edmonton before the parade took off.
“We got a bunch of cars, exotic vehicles, interesting antiques, to come out here and really help raise funds for the Stollery but today what we’re doing in addition, is we’re going to take 10 Stollery kids on rides that will be escorted by the Edmonton Police Service," said Ashif Mawji with the Stollery Children's Hospital.
“For many of them it’s a dream come true.”
Mawji says not only is the ride something of a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of the kids, he says it always helps in their recovery.
“It’s a proven fact when there’s joy, excitement and things like that, it helps keep your mind away from other troubles,” he said.
“We believe that this will help, even if it’s in a little way.”
Fourteen-year-old Drew Husch has cystic fibrosis and had received a double-lung transplant at the Stollery four years ago.
He still gets check-ups done at the hospital every couple months and got to go on the special car ride Saturday.
"It's really cool," he said.
After the kids went for their rides - which included a drive on the Anthony Henday - rides were auctioned off for others who wanted to take a spin in the vehicles that included ferraris and lamborghinis.
All proceeds from the day’s event go to support the Stollery.