NHL star Pat LaFontaine established the Companions in Courage Foundation to build interactive game rooms in children’s hospitals throughout North America. Inspired by the many children he visited in hospitals during his playing career, LaFontaine was often told by medical professionals how his visits played a role in the well-being of their patients. Each Lion’s Den Room is connected to a network that allows the children from each hospital to interact in games and in video presentations with each other. The Lion’s Den helps bring the outside world in to the hospital and enables sick children to have their dreams come true during a desperate time in their lives.
In 2000, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society gave LaFontaine the Patriot Award in recognition of his contribution to military morale throughout his career.
In 2002, LaFontaine was named one of the recipients of the First Annual Honorary GOAL! Award to recognize and celebrate individuals who have overcome depression and demonstrated an ability to “go on and live” through volunteering and community service.
In April 2003, LaFontaine recieved the International Humanitarian Award from the Gift of Life Foundation, an organization promoting the cure and treatment of children suffering from heart disease in third world countries.
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