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Stars' Richards donates $500,000 to childrens hospital

Tuesday, 09.21.2010 / 10:23 AM / 2010 Offseason News

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Stars' Richards donates $500,000 to childrens hospital
Dallas Stars forward Brad Richards recently stopped by Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and did more than brighten the day for the hospital's patients. Richards also made a $500,000 donation.

During the event, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation formally announced the establishment of a Brad Richards Named Endowment to help purchase medical equipment to help children.

"It is an exciting announcement for our Island hospital and, most importantly, the children and families the hospital serves," said Allan Morse Chair, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation. This gift will be invested in perpetuity and the income earned each year will be directed toward medical equipment for children.

"It's a great day for Prince Edward Island. The kindness Brad Richards has shown today is incredible and his gift will have a tremendous impact on our hospital for many years to come," Morse said. "PEI is definitely a hockey province and we are extremely proud of Brad's many hockey accomplishments. For him to make a gift where he got his first start in his career means so much."

"I chose the hospital because I knew it was the charity that would have the largest impact on the most Island children. I had a great childhood playing hockey in rinks throughout the Island, so this is a small 'thank you' to all Island families." -- Brad Richards

Richard's gift was made in honor of his cousin and best friend, Jamie Reynolds, who passed away in 1989 with a brain tumor when he was 7 and Brad was almost 9-years-old. On hand for the emotional announcement were members of the Richards and Reynolds family along with many of the pediatric nurses who cared for Jamie. 

Richards had been waiting a long time to properly honor his cousin Jamie in his home province. When it was announced the Dallas Stars was coming to PEI, Richards knew the timing was perfect. He decided he would announce his gift to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital's pediatric department. 

"I chose the hospital because I knew it was the charity that would have the largest impact on the most Island children," Richards said. "I had a great childhood playing hockey in rinks throughout the Island, so this is a small 'thank you' to all Island families.

"It's been nice having my family here today to celebrate with me," Richards said. "I really enjoyed going into the Pediatric Department to meet some of the kids in hospital. Next time I'm back on the Island, I will definitely be stopping by to the hospital for a visit to the children's wing and will talk more with the pediatric nurses who remember Jamie when he was a patient there. This has been a great visit to PEI."
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