On Saturday September 29, 2018 the Marlborough Pub & Eatery held a very successful fundraiser in memory of the late Ryan Mercer. Due to the tremendous support of our customers, community, suppliers and employees we were able to raise in excess of $30,000 in memory of Ryan. We consulted with the Mercer family for direction into how they would wish the monies be disbursed in Ryan’s memory. We were directed to The North Gower Marlborough Public School that Ryan attended, Candlelighters and the CHEO Foundation that were so supportive of Ryan and the Mercer family. We issued a cheque to The NGMPS in the amount of $10,685.25 in order for the school to purchase items not included in their budget for special need students, electronics and gym equipment. To the Candlelighters a cheque was issued in the amount of $5,000.00 to support their services. At this time, we are pleased to present to the CHEO Foundation, a cheque in the amount of $15,633.71. These funds were raised for a very specific use and the Mercer family has requested it be disbursed as follows: 'To whom it may concern: No words can express how much comfort the 4 North play room, its Child Life specialists and the therapeutic clown program brought to Ryan, our family, and countless other families during their cancer treatments at CHEO. It is our wish that the aforementioned funds be used to enhance the 4 North playroom experience as follows - A new leather recliner couch or loveseat to replace the hard and uncompromising piece of furniture currently in place. There are much better options for this small space, both patients and their families would benefit greatly from a more comfortable area.
Ryan would be the first to agree that 'Laughter is the best medicine'. Therefore, in honour of his beloved Molly Penny, please ensure that $5,000 be designated to CHEO’s therapeutic clown program. Lego was a great pastime for Ryan. Kindly allow $1,000 for the purchase of Lego sets, to be gifted to 4 North patients facing long stays. Child life specialists go to extraordinary lengths to create special memories and to keep everyone happy. Kindly allow $1,000 for incidental purchases for the 4 North play room as requested by CLS. Any remaining funds should be used to purchase updated electronics, VR goggles, Wii consoles and games etc. Please continue your hard work with the knowledge that you are making a difference in the lives of so many! The Mercer Family
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