A doctor who penned a letter to run as a full-page ad in the Montreal Gazette last week thanking P.K. Subban has announced he will be donating a sizable amount to the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Dr. Charles Kowalski, a 52-year-old emergency room physician who lives in Ottawa, will donate $250,000 to Subban’s fund at the hospital, P.K.’s Helping Hand, over the next five years.
Kowalski had initially announced he would be donating $50,000 after the ad appeared, but after receiving a phone call from Subban thanking him for the gesture, he says he decided to quintuple the amount.
Reached on Tuesday, Kowalski said Subban was very thankful and understood why he had set up a website and fund to raise donations: to help Subban fulfil his $10-million, seven-year pledge to the hospital from last year.
“It’s going to be very hard (for Subban) to raise the money and he’s going to have to work a lot harder in the summer,” Kowalski said. “He was so thankful to me for picking it up and doing some of the work, so I thought I could do a little bit more.”
Kowalski, who has two young children, said he hopes the donation will help neonatal children at the hospital go on to live healthy lives.
“We figured let’s give a little more at this time, because it makes a difference right away.”
In his letter last week, Kowalski voiced his displeasure with the Canadiens over the trade that sent Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber. A season-ticket holder, he said he wouldn’t be attending Canadiens games this season other than when Nashville visits in March.
He has since donated his season tickets to the hospital, to be given to young patients and their parents, he said on Tuesday. He’s still calling on all Canadiens fans to donate $15, he said, “about the cost of a beer at the Bell Centre.”
Kowalski said Subban, who could not be reached for comment on Tuesday, has also invited his family to Nashville to be his guests for a Predators game this season.
Subban’s P.K.’s Helping Hand fund was established in 2015. In August, the foundation announced that it had contributed $1.4 million to the hospital in its first year. The money had helped more than 9,000 families.
Kowalski will officially announce the donation at the Children’s Hospital’s P.K. Subban Atrium on Wednesday.
To donate to P.K.’s Helping Hand, visit bit.ly/1FQjv0G.