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xposed at birth to bacterial meningitis, Brent Mingo endured three brain operations before he was one

month old. At  that time, he was only given six months to live.

    Brent's relationship with the McEwen's  began when he and Tim McEwen shared a room at the Neuroscience Ward at the MCH. As the friendship of the two young teenagers developed, Brent revealed that his biggest dream was to become involved with a major hockey team. All he wanted to do was to participate in team activities such as practices and locker room pep talks. That's when Tim's father, Bob, decided to step in. At that time, he was the Head Coach of the John Abbott College Islanders. Without hesitation, he appointed Brent as the team's "Honorary Captain" and let him take part in several Islander events.

    One day, Bob decided to turn a regular season game into a fundraiser for the Children's, thus creating The Mingo-McEwen Fund. The college hockey fundraisers continued for some years  until the Abbott team folded. Fortunately, this discouraging turn of events motivated Bob to create a Mingo-McEwen Fund hockey team, in addition to an annual golf tournament and a float in the Ste. Anne de Bellevue Christmas Parade.

Brent has decided to continue contributing to the Fund despite being transferred to adult medical care. For his part, Bob McEwen will continue running the Fund, which supplies the Neuroscience

 

 

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Ward with everything from basics such as toys, rocking chairs and baby swings, to costly equipment for its neurologists and neurosurgeons. Since 1997, over $90,000 has been raised. In the future Mr. McEwen hopes to finance a special room for long term patients.

Shirley Straughton, a friend of the McEwen family and a nurse on the Neuroscience Ward at the Children's explains: " It doesn't take much to make children happy... the Fund allows us to have the things that make children feel special, which , in turn, renders my job even more rewarding."

The next Mingo-McEwen Fund golf tournament will be held July 19, 2002. In the meantime, Bob McEwen is looking for recreational hockey clubs interested in playing against his team to raise money for charities of their choosing.

 

With special appreciation 

   to the McEwen family

 

No words could ever express how grateful we are to have met such wonderful people. you made Brent feel appreciated, needed and most of all accepted.

 

You proved to Brent along with myself, that angels really do exist in this world. i would like to say thank you 

Bob, Marg, Tim& Kelly

 

For being Brent's guardian angels

 

With heartfelt love and gratitude

Brent, Kym, Wayne & Brittany

 

2001

 

Text from plaque presented to the McEwen family by the Mingo family during the last annual Mingo-McEwen Fund golf tournamen

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For More information, please contact

Bob McEwen at (514) 984-3598 or visit the Mingo-McEwen Web site at:

www.mingomcewenfund.com