Gilmour shares his story to mark Sun Life Financial's $5 million donation to diabetes clinic
June 13, 2013
/CNW/ - Hockey legend
is lending his voice in support of diabetes awareness at the unveiling of the Sun Life Financial Banting and Best Diabetes Clinic at
General Hospital. This very hospital made the ground-breaking discovery of insulin in 1921 and today the clinic is being renamed to mark Sun Life's
gift. The former captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs lost his father to the disease while his mother and brother are currently battling diabetes.
"I've seen first-hand the impact diabetes can have on an individual and their family," Gilmour explained. "Losing my father to this debilitating disease and having both my mother and brother living with it has been difficult. I hope by sharing my personal story I can shine a light on diabetes research and prevention and keep other families from going through the same struggles."
According to the 2012 Sun Life Canadian Health Index
, almost 40 per cent of Canadians are touched by diabetes;
is one of them.
"We are proud to have
support us in our efforts to bring awareness to this disease," said
Mary De Paoli
, Executive Vice-President, Public & Corporate Affairs and Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Life Financial. "Together we strive to educate and empower Canadians to join us in managing and preventing diabetes."
The Sun Life Financial Banting and Best clinic at the
General Hospital is dedicated to making innovative advances in diabetes research.
"Diabetes is the 21
century epidemic," said Dr.
, Sun Life Financial Chair in Diabetes. "Sun Life's generous gift to the clinic will allow us to continue in the footsteps of Banting and Best to work towards a cure for diabetes and improve the lives of those affected by this disease."
Media are invited to attend and hear
share his personal journey with diabetes. Interview and photo opportunities are also available with Mr. Gilmour.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
for interview and photo opportunities with
and Sun Life Financial's President and Chief Executive Officer,
Sun Life Financial Banting and Best Diabetes Centre
General Hospital 200 Elizabeth Street Eaton Building, 12
Floor General Hospital,
Networking reception to continue at the DeGasperis Conservatory, 4
About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life Financial and its partners have operations in key markets worldwide, including
the United States
. As of
March 31, 2013
the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of
. For more information please visit
Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the
(NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.
Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars.
About University Health Network
University Health Network (UHN) consists of
General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital and
Rehabilitation Institute. The scope of research and complexity of cases have made UHN a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. It has the largest hospital-based research program in
with major research in cardiology, transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, surgical innovation, infectious diseases, and genomic medicine. UHN is a research hospital affiliated with the
University of Toronto
*Source: Canadian Diabetes Association