Argos give $4M to Sick Kids

BRETT CLARKSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

A $4-million touchdown was scored on the lawn of The Hospital For Sick Children yesterday.

That's how much the Toronto Argonauts football club is donating to the hospital, team brass announced.

Argo owners Howard Sokolowski and David Cynamon were joined by coach Michael "Pinball" Clemons and five players who comprise the Big Men, Big Hearts initiative that will see players get involved in the community through hospital visits and school presentations.

The Argos will also host Sick Kids Game Day on Sept. 23, when patients and their families will be invited to watch the game against Winnipeg.

"There are sick boys and girls -- that's the reality for us," Clemons said. "We wish that wasn't the reality, but if there are going to be sick young boys and girls, then Sick Kids hospital is the place to be. It is renowned in the world."

The Big Men -- players Jonathan Brown, Chad Folk, Jeff Keeping, Jude St. John and Brian Ramsey -- played a game of scrimmage with five former patients of Sick Kids. The kids won.

Among the youngsters was Danielle Caterina, 15, of Courtice, who was born with cystic fibrosis and underwent a double-lung transplant in February.

"Sick Kids is an amazing place," Caterina said.

"If any kid is sick, here is the place to be because this is where miracles happen. I got my miracle here and I think any other kid could, too."


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