Supporter spotlight: Leo and Richard

When his daughter Ava was diagnosed with a life threatening heart condition, Leo Iazzolino saw the incredible care the RCH provides firsthand.

“Ava’s life was hanging in the balance and we were told to prepare for the worst. But once we arrived at the RCH and met with surgeons, cardiologists and nursing staff we felt that Ava had a fighting chance,” said Leo.

After emergency surgery and three months at the hospital, Ava was well enough to return home. It was then that Leo and his wife Josephine decided to give back to the hospital as a thank you.

“We started calling our friends and family asking them to support vital cardiac equipment at the hospital. My wife and I donated through our company, Elite Property Group, and together we raised over $275,000 in a few days.”

One of Leo’s kind hearted friends was Richard Torossi, whose company, Bayport Group, continues to support the hospital and sick children like Ava.

“My company supports the RCH because we genuinely believe in the magnificent work it does now and will do tomorrow. When called upon we didn’t have to think twice about getting involved.”

Both Leo and Richard are members of the RCH Foundation Leadership Circle, helping to advance great care at the hospital.

“My family wanted to do some good because of the good that was done for our daughter and being a member of the Leadership Circle is a great way to do that,” said Leo. “It’s a privilege to meet the hospital’s star performers, hear about their amazing work and support them to be successful.”