Toronto, ON. (November 29, 2018) – Earlier today, LifeLabs employees across Canada hosted the second annual Pajamas and Pancake Day, sporting their cozy pajamas and serving pancakes to raise funds in support of children with cancer and the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO).
The event marks the second anniversary of LifeLabs’ partnership with POGO and its commitment to donating $200,000 over four years. As the lead sponsor of the Pajamas and Pancakes program, LifeLabs was pleased to present a cheque for $64,000 this morning to POGO thanks to the generosity of our employees.
In Canada, an average of 943 cases of cancer are found in children each year. With this prevalence, LifeLabs wanted to support those who are helping children with cancer, their families and communities by helping POGO with their mandate of providing equitable access to health care and support services.
“We are so proud of our partnership with POGO and honoured to be the presenting sponsor of the Pajamas and Pancakes program,” says Louise Nagy, National Director Community & Environmental Sustainability. “With this contribution, we are helping children, and families access the best available care and supportive services during a very difficult time.”
For more information about the partnership visit: http://www.lifelabs.com/
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Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) has championed childhood cancer care since 1983, and is in the unique position of planning for childhood cancer care at a provincial level. It is committed to ensuring all children with cancer and their families—regardless of their geographic location—have equitable access to the best care for the best possible outcomes from diagnosis, through treatment and into survivorship. POGO has an earned reputation as the official source of advice to Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), and serves as the collective voice of the childhood cancer community, consistently driving lasting changes and measurable results. POGO is an enduring collaboration of the five pediatric specialty hospitals in Ontario. POGO receives core funding from the MOHLTC and an engaged and supportive donor base provides additional funding for POGO charitable programs. For more information, visit www.pogo.ca.
LifeLabs is a Canadian-owned company with over 50 years of experience providing laboratory testing services to help health care providers diagnose, treat, monitor and prevent disease in patients. In communities across British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario, LifeLabs delivers cost-effective, convenient access to laboratory testing services essential for optimal outcomes in health care. LifeLabs employs approximately 5,700 professionally trained staff and delivers over 100 million laboratory tests, supporting over 19 million patient visits annually. LifeLabs is the largest community laboratory in Canada. LifeLabs is indirectly owned by OMERS Administration Corporation, whose interest is managed by OMERS Infrastructure. In addition to being the first community lab to conduct non-invasive prenatal testing in Canada, LifeLabs is the first lab to provide online appointment booking for patients, non-fasting protocols and secure, online access to lab results for patients.