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At age three, Luci Oakes had a life-saving open-heart surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario. Now she’s an ambassador for the Toronto hospital and is helping them raise money.

SickKids is in the middle of a massive fundraising campaign, aiming to raise $1.3-billion in donations to build a new hospital. On November 9th, they’ll hold their annual event, The Breakfast of Champions. The event features approximately 35 community and business leaders and is attended by more than 300 young professionals.

All proceeds raised from the event will go to SickKids, which enables groundbreaking research, world-leading education, and best-in-class care at SickKids.

Luci and her family know this first hand.

In 2010, Randi and Kris Oakes adopted three-year-old Luci from China. They decided to adopt a child with special needs and took comfort in knowing their daughter would have access to some of the best cardiologists at SickKids. Luci had appointments lined up at the hospital before she even arrived in Canada.

The following year, a surgeon worked tirelessly on Luci’s heart for more than 12 hours. After the surgery, Luci’s condition was critical and doctors had to revive her overnight when she went into cardiac arrest. She spent 11 days in the Critical Care Unit at the hospital until she was well enough to be transferred. Within 24 hours, she was able to go home. Luci is 11 years old now and she returns to SickKids every year for check-ups with her cardiologist, but is otherwise a “happy, funny, goofy, smart child”.

You can learn more about The Breakfast of Champions event here.