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Larry O’Brien trophy group shot
(L to R): John Doig, Executive Vice-President, Scotiabank; Megan Porter, who helps drive the vision for the LIVE ON Campaign; Dr. Atul Humar, Medical Director, UHN's Soham & Shalia Ajmera Family Transplant Centre; Brian Porter, Chair of UHN Board of Trustees; Dr. Kevin Smith, President & CEO, UHN. (Photo: UHN)

It was another chance to bask in that championship glow.

It's been more than four months since the Toronto Raptors won Canada's first NBA title, but that didn't stop more than a thousand UHN staff and patients from gathering on Friday for a first-hand look at The Larry O'Brien Trophy at Toronto General Hospital.

"We had the incredible opportunity to share the trophy with patients and staff at UHN's Soham & Shaila Ajmera Family Transplant Centre – the world's leading transplant centre," said Brian Porter, Chair of the UHN Board of Trustees and President & CEO, Scotiabank.

The trophy then moved to the DeGasperis Conservatory, where Toronto Raptors "superfan" Nav Bhatia shared a special remark with TeamUHN.

"You are all superfans, so this ring belongs to all of you," Nav said, raising his diamond championship ring, which was gifted to him by the Toronto Raptors, while UHN staff cheered and whistled.

Nav Bhatia
Nav Bhatia, well-known Toronto Raptors superfan, has never missed a Raptors game since 1995. He visited TG on Friday with his championship ring to celebrate with TeamUHN. (Photo: UHN)

"Thank you so much for all the hard work that you do in the service of patients and the people who serve patients at UHN," said Dr. Fayez Quereshy, Vice-President, TG, who then took the microphone to various staff members in line to learn about their role at UHN and why they're a Raptors fan.

"There is no better example of the word 'champion' than each of you who make the needs of the patient come first every day," said Dr. Smith.

View an album of photos from the event.

   Special thanks to Brian and Megan Porter, UHN's Soham & Shaila Ajmera Family Transplant Centre and LIVE ON Campaign, MLSE, Scotiabank, the UHN Medical Staff Association and all organizing teams who made this event possible.

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