Christmas Seals kick off
Photo by J.P. Antonacci, Brant News
Walter Gretzky, the Ontario Lung Association's Christmas Seals ambassador, greets junior hockey players alongside Easter Seals youth ambassador Mackenly Smith at the Gretzky centre on Saturday afternoon.
Walter Gretzky wants to put lung disease on ice.
Since his wife Phyllis died of lung cancer in December 2005, Walter has unfailingly offered his support to the Ontario Lung Association.
This year, Brantford's Lord Mayor is back in action as Christmas Seals ambassador, and on Saturday he dropped by the Gretzky centre to meet junior hockey players and publicize the campaign alongside youth ambassador Mackenly Smith.
“Losing Phyllis was very, very difficult,” Gretzky said. “Promoting lung health helps keep her memory alive for us.”
Christmas Seals, the festive stamps used to seal envelopes and brighten parcels, have been a crucial funding source for the Lung Association since 1906. Donations raised through the direct mail campaign fund research and treatment programs for people living with lung disease.
Today, Canadians use about eight million of the colourful stamps, bringing the message of lung health to every corner of the country.
“Christmas Seals is one of our main fundraising efforts of the year,” said John Chenery of the Ontario Lung Association. “The campaign does a lot to support our research and programs.”
Call 1-888-344-LUNG(5864) or visit www.on.lung.ca to learn more about lung health and donate.