The 10th Annual Raymond James Softball Tournament: A home run for the MCI’s Advanced Ambulatory Sleep Clinic

Update: On the morning of Wednesday November 8th, the MUHC Foundation had the pleasure of meeting with the members of Raymond James Canada Foundation at the renowned Montreal Chest Institute (MCI). During this meeting, The Raymond James Canada Foundation presented a generous cheque amounting to $33,435, reflecting the funds raised during the 10th annual Raymond James Softball Tournament. These donations will play pivotal role in advancing the development of the Advanced Ambulatory Sleep Program.

The MUHC Foundation extends its deepest gratitude to Raymond James Ltd. and the Raymond James Canada Foundation for their unwavering support and continued generosity throughout our decade-long partnership.

The 10th Annual Raymond James Softball Tournament, organized by the MUHC Foundation to raise funds for the Montreal Chest Institute, took place on September 23rd. The hospital’s softball enthusiasts, ranging from nurses to administrative staff and leading physicians, gathered at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park to witness the much-anticipated showdown between the two teams: the Raymond James Bulls and the MCI Lobes.

In a surprising twist, this year’s game marked the end of the Bulls’ winning streak, and Lobes fans enthusiastically cheered on their new winning team. Despite the unexpected defeat, both teams were all smiles, expressing their happiness at being able to give back to the MCI and their unwavering commitment to the cause. After all, it’s not just about winning on the softball field; it's about winning in the fight against respiratory diseases.

In total, a staggering $33,435 was raised for the Montreal Chest Institute, a vital institution in the fight against respiratory diseases. The funds from this year’s game are directly supporting the MCI’s Advanced Ambulatory Sleep Program, the ground-breaking initiative that combines AI and data analytics to create tailored care for people living with obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea affects 5.4 million Canadians, and this innovative outpatient program aims to increase accessibility to care and help Montrealers breathe easier.

A day of fantastic weather, high spirits, and remarkable fundraising concluded with complimentary pizza and soda, serving as the ultimate post-game fuel. Filled with sunshine, sportsmanship, and a grand slam victory for the MCI Lobes, The Raymond James Softball Tournament demonstrates that when community comes together, incredible things can happen. Here's to ten years of softball fun and many more to come, all in the name of supporting the incredible Montreal Chest Institute!

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