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MONTREAL, JANUARY 19, 2012 – With her younger sister serving as her inspiration, Laurier Macdonald High School student Melissa Bentrovato is embarking on an ambitious campaign to raise $12,000 for the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

From February 13 to February 18, various fundraisers will be held at schools and the week will conclude with the Night of Hearts 2012, a dinner-dance for 300 guests at Buffet Marina (4397, rue Denis-Papin) in St. Léonard.

For Melissa and her family, the Montreal Children’s Hospital holds a special place in their heart as the younger Bentrovato, Jessica, was a patient there as an infant. Diagnosed with a hole in her heart, she underwent successful open heart surgery at nine months old and today is a healthy and active 14 year old attending John Paul I Junior High School in St. Léonard. The youngest of the three Bentrovato girls, Melina, is in Grade 6 at Edward Murphy Elementary School in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

The money raised by Melissa over the course of her campaign will be donated directly to the Montreal Children’s Hospital to enable them to purchase three urgent care devices: A DINAMAP patient monitoring machine ($4,000); a Holter Seer Light Recorder ($4,500), a machine which evaluates ongoing cardiac conditions and gathers data for diagnosis and treatment; and an Arrhythmia Monitor ($4,000), a machine which is used to identify causes of irregular heart rhythms.

Specific dates and times of fundraisers to follow.



Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213