MONTREAL – Star defender P.K. Subban’s $10 million pledge to the Montreal Children’s Hospital has inspired one of his young fans to do the same.
Seven-year-old Ethan Mercuri found out about Subban’s generous donation and decided to take out $20 from his own piggy bank and donate it to the hospital.
“I hope you win the Stanley Cup, your fan Ethan.”
“I like helping sick children,” he told Global News.
“I think it’s a nice thing to do.”
After the Montreal Children’s got wind of the donation, they shared Ethan’s letter on Facebook.
Ethan’s mum Tracy Petzke said when her son told his family about the donation, she wasn’t surprised.
“For his third birthday, he decided not to get gifts and that he would have donations and one of the charities was the Montreal Children’s,” she said.
“So, this is kind of in line with something he’s already done, so it didn’t surprise us – but obviously we’re super proud.”
That’s when other mothers from Beacon Hill Elementary started calling.
“The message from a professional athlete is fantastic,” said Pat Delage, the school’s principal.
“To see that kids reacted to that – and that’s what Ethan decided to do – open his piggy bank – I was blown away.”
Not only is Ethan’s principal proud, so is Subban.
“You know what – he is just like me,” Subban told Global News.
Subban said he and the Canadiens organization would like to reach out to Ethan at some point.
“He’s doing a lot and he’s touched a lot of people,” said Subban.
Subban’s pledge, as part of the P.K. Subban foundation, is the largest philanthropic commitment ever made by a professional athlete in Canada.
In return, the hospital honoured the hockey star with a 486 square metre, three storey public space, named the P.K. Subban Atrium, located at the heart of its new facilities.