Richards donates $500,000 to help sick children in home province

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Brad Richards

Following the Dallas Stars’ training camp in Charlottetown on the weekend, Murray Harbour’s Brad Richards stopped in to visit the pediatric unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he made a donation of $500,000 to help children in his home province.

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, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation chair.

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,” said Morse.

“P.E.I. 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.”

Richard’s gift was made in honour of his cousin and best friend, Jamie Reynolds, who passed away in 1989 with a brain tumour when he was seven years old and Richards was almost nine. 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.

"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." Allan Morse, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation chair

Richards says he had been waiting a long time to properly honour his cousin Jamie in his home province.

“I chose the hospital because I knew it was the charity that would have the largest impact on the most Island children,” says Richards. “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,” he continued. “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 P.E.I.”

Also during the weeken, Richards purchased Dallas Stars intrasquad game tickets for Island families with children being cared for at the hospital so they could attend the game. Following the game, the children had the opportunity to meet Richards and get his autograph and a photo with him.

Organizations: Dallas Stars, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Island hospital

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, CHARLOTTETOWN, Murray Harbour

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Recent comments

  • Joe Torgersen
    December 05, 2010 - 17:12

    Great job Brad, my dads family is from P.E.I and their name was Richards. I know people like you are proud and do things they feel is right. Keep up the great work, peace. Joe Torgersen

  • Observer
    September 23, 2010 - 10:11

    Commendable!! Brad is a role model for others in influential positions. The children and parents of PE thank you!!

  • Sandra Boswell
    September 20, 2010 - 22:15

    Well done Brad. What a wonderful way to lift up the spirits of parents who have sick children. Having access to equipment and resources is key to helping our children survive sickness. BRAVO, and may God Bless you for having such a caring and generous heart. We are very proud of you. Remembing your childhood friend was so very kind of you.

    September 20, 2010 - 19:13

    WELL DONE BRAD! Good for you,_ that is commendable. Even though I am not a Stars fan lol.....I know you must get requests often, and for you to donate to your home province is classy. May the hospital use it wisely.

  • Island mom 2
    September 20, 2010 - 16:05

    When the kids woke up this morning and heard this news, they came to run and tell me how Brad had helped!! What Brad has done with his genorous gift is wonderful! Thank-you Brad

  • WOW
    September 20, 2010 - 13:58

    Well Done Brad-wheres all these people who were whining about Brad not having his golf tournament now...First Class guy!

    • kathey
      September 20, 2010 - 14:24

      Brad what a wonderful donation to such a great cause. So proud to know you.

  • Alias
    September 20, 2010 - 13:33

    Hopefully that money goes towards putting a proper clean room and ventilation system in the hospital so no one will die from superbugs again.

  • Rhonda
    September 20, 2010 - 13:20

    Wonderful!!! You're a great guy Brad and make us all very proud!!!