Gabriel Pizza shares the Love – Ollie’s Pizza raises $13,200 to help local kids with cancer

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs is thrilled to announce $13,200 was raised through the Ollie’s Pizza campaign at Gabriel Pizza. Launched May 1, 2020, Gabriel’s donated a portion of every Ollie’s Pizza purchased for the rest of 2020. The delicious cheese and green olive pizza was created in honour of a young Ottawa boy named Ollie. Gabriel Pizza learned of his love for it through his mother, Dawn Pickering’s blog Ollie’s Bump In the Road chronicling Ollie and his family’s journey with childhood cancer.  In April 2020, during a rough stretch in Ollie’s treatment while in Toronto at Sick Kids Hospital, all Ollie wanted was his favourite green olive and cheese pizza, which Gabriel Pizza delivered to him, in Toronto!  The result was a HUGE smile on his face, and thus the campaign was launched shortly thereafter with a goal of putting a smile on the faces on many more childhood cancer patients.

The Ollie’s Pizza campaign continues – Gabriel Pizza extends campaign through 2021

Ollie is now eight and doing well. He recently shared with Candlelighters Executive Director, Jocelyn Lamont, that Gabriel Pizza will continue the Ollie’s Pizza campaign into 2021 and continue their support of families like his dealing with a childhood cancer diagnosis.

“Gabriel Pizza are tremendous community partners and we are very excited they are continuing with Ollie’s Pizza”, says Lamont. “With over 70 children receiving a cancer diagnosis in 2020, this campaign enables us to put smiles on many faces by providing much needed resources that make a real tangible impact in the lives of families coping with childhood cancer. Thank you to Gabriel Pizza for this tremendous support!”

“We were truly touch by Ollie’s love for our green olive pizza.  We are delighted to support Candlelighters by extending the Ollie’s Pizza campaign for 2021”, says President George Hanna. “Ollie and the entire family have become honourary members of our Gabes family. We send all our heartfelt best wishes and cheer on Ollie’s recovery.”

Gabriel Pizza

Established in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1977, Gabriel Pizza specializes in pizza and Italian food dining and delivery with its award-winning products, service and quality brand. With over 40 franchised locations in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, Gabriel Pizza is passionate about delivering the ultimate guest experience. The family operated business prides itself in its strong connection to the communities in which they serve, from fundraising to sponsorship of countless community events.

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Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs

Candlelighters is a local, not for profit organization that exists to enrich the lives of children, and their families, coping with childhood cancer. Approximately 65 children and youth will be diagnosed this year in the National Capital and surrounding region – more than one per week! Candlelighters will be here for each and every one of them, from the time of diagnosis through treatment and beyond, providing over 300 families annually with programs and services that make a real, tangible impact in their lives. Having to care for a critically ill child places an enormous financial and emotion burden on parents and the challenges these kids face can seem insurmountable but through the provision of On-Treatment, Off-Treatment/Survivor and Family Programs, Candlelighters addresses the unique needs they encounter and assures them they will not be alone in the childhood cancer journey.