Toronto East is $50 Million Stronger

When the Garron's were making their decision to give a historic $50 million gift to Toronto East General Hospital, they had two goals in mind: to honour their son, Michael, who died in 1975 at the age of 13 of a rare cancer; and to make a difference for the community into which he was born in 1961.

“We wanted to make Toronto East General a world class hospital by helping to fund needs that will make a difference to patients,” says Myron Garron.

At the time of Michael’s birth, the Garrons lived in East York where Mr. Garron was a bank employee. In 1969, he left the bank and joined a custom plastic injection moulder and auto parts manufacturer. The company was very successful and he sold it in 2000.

Now, the Garrons are giving money to organizations that will honour Michael’s brief life including the hospital where he was born.

Sarah Downey, the President of the hospital, says, “The Garron gift will change the future of this community and hospital by enabling us to create, in east Toronto, a world-class institution – the premier community teaching hospital in the country.”

Part of the gift will be endowed. That means the principal will be invested forever and the interest used to meet the most urgent needs of the Hospital in the future.

Foundation President Mitze Mourinho says, “The Garrons are also calling on other people in the community to invest in the hospital. They believe that this wonderful hospital can become even better and hope that others will join them in supporting its continued evolution into a world-class patient care facility.”