Wonder Race – The 4th edition of the Wonder Race will be taking place in downtown Montreal on Friday, September 7, 2018. It’s an exciting event benefitting Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada. Nearly 200 young professionals in 45 teams will race around downtown Montreal and strategically compete against one another in a unique race that will test and challenge their physical abilities, intellectual capacities and general common knowledge.
A clue will be given at the start of the race that will lead the team to their first destination. There, they will be required to complete the challenge that lies ahead as quickly as possible. Upon completion of the task, another clue will be given to direct them to their next location until they have completed all 10 challenges. The first team to successfully cross the finish line with all challenges completed correctly wins.
Jay Walker, past patient and TV personality will try the Wonder Race for the first time this year. “The surgery I had to fix my scoliosis (Scheuermann’s Disease) at Canada Shriners Hospital changed my life drastically,” he admitted. “In my mid-teens I could hardly make it through the day without lying and crying on the floor. My back was so hunched and crooked. I wondered if I’d ever be pain free again,” he explained.
“At 17, they operated, and my life changed,” Jay continued. “The care I got at Canada Shriners Hospital was like nothing I’ve ever seen to this day. They helped me reach my full potential in life and I’ll always be grateful. I’m doing the Wonder Race because I’m a fan of the staff and what they do on a daily basis. I want to tell as many people about how they help children every day.”
“The event is a great mix of intellect, physical challenges and team work,” said Jacques Boissoneault, Administrator of Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada. “We’re so pleased to have so many young professionals teaming-up, hoping to raise $75,000 for our hospital, which will help children and teens from across Canada and around the world who have orthopaedic and neuromuscular issues. I’m also proud that the staff has been so enthusiastic about participating: we’ve got four staff teams participating and 30 volunteering for the day.”
Feature image: Nearly 200 young professionals in 45 teams participating in the September 7th fundraising event hoping to raise $75,000 for Canada Shriners Hospital
Day of the race, September 7, 2018:
- Percival Molson Stadium, 475 Pine Ave W, Montreal, QC H2W 1S4 (the race starts there at 1 p.m.)
- Race ends around 6:00 m. followed by cocktails and the awards ceremony.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada
Established in Montreal in 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only Canadian establishment within the network of Shriners hospitals. This bilingual, short-term, acute care hospital provides ultra-specialized orthopaedic care to children from coast to coast in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. The mission of the hospital is to promote health and provide treatment and rehabilitation to infants, children and young adults with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy.
The hospital is committed to excellence and innovation in clinical practice, research and education and to ensuring patients and their families are treated in a caring, family-friendly environment. Affiliated with McGill University, the hospital provides clinical experience and teaching for residents and allied professionals within its outstanding new facility on the Glen site. The hospital is present in communities across Canada, thanks to telemedicine, outreach clinics and satellite clinics.