Jeff McGrath is a true community hero. As a York Region Paramedic, he helps save lives every day. As a supporter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, he is also making a difference in the lives of those affected by blood cancers.
In 2007, Jeff organized a hockey game to raise money to purchase Christmas gifts for a little 9 year old Leukemia patient named Madison. She was admitted to Sick Kids Hospital on Christmas Eve. He, along with some colleagues, filled an ambulance with gifts for Madison and her family, and delivered them to her house. The hockey game was such a success, he decided he wanted to do more.
In her honour, he started The Madison Classic Hockey tournament which has raised more than $300,000 to date. Madison is a healthy teenager today. Each year the tournament has an Honoured Hero, just like Madison was back in 2007.
Zach Millar filled that role in 2010 and at the time Jeff told Zach that after he beat Leukemia, one day he would play in the Madison Classic. On May 25th 2017, Zach re-joined the Madison Classic, but this time, as a player!
Jeff has supported many families affected by blood cancer, including his own. Jeff’s own father was diagnosed with CML in 2010 and had a successful stem cell transplant in 2015. Through it all, Jeff has taught his children, and the many others in his community, the value of philanthropy.
Jeff, thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many.