Part of our company’s stated mission is to “make a significant philanthropic impact on the world.” Our way of doing that is by teaming up with Heroes, people who have an elevated power to make such an impact due to their visibility and reach. A worthy cause they support becomes a cause the population must consider.
But our way requires another agent just as crucial to the success of our mission as the Heroes. It’s all of us, all of you hearing the call to action, considering it, and choosing to give, choosing to make a sacrifice so that others may have the same opportunity to enjoy life as we do. It’s why another part of our company’s mission is to “spark the spirit of giving in everyone…”
A lot of the time we like to highlight all the Heroes around the world who are working to lift up humanity instead of themselves. That won’t change. But we thought it was right to acknowledge the collaborative efforts of some Heroes and their generous fans. Together, they changed a little boy’s life. No matter your level of visibility or reach, everyone can help make the world better.
Ben Sheppard is 8 years old. He suffers from left hemiplegic spastic cerebral palsy, a condition which makes it nearly impossible to walk. Unfortunately, this condition only gets worse with time, as his tightening muscles prevent his bones from growing properly. It’s physically and emotionally painful.
In order to raise money for a new surgery called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, the Toronto Blue Jays (Ben’s favorite baseball team) and Honda Canada hosted a charity skills clinic. Former Toronto stars like Carlos Delgado instructed and played with fans. Even Ben got to participate. Thanks to over 400 participants who were moved to help Ben in his heroic fight, over $68,000 were raised through the event. With additional help from his community and Honda, Ben reached his $100,000 goal and will be able to have the life-changing surgery.