Is an initiative in the memory of my dear son Jonathan Leitao, who died of a terminal cancer; and for all the parents who continue on after the untimely deaths of their beloved children. This Bill has been introduced into the Ontario Legislative Assembly by MPP Peter Tabuns, and passed the first reading on March 8th, 2016.Jonathan’s Law passed second reading on December 8th, 2016 thanks to the efforts of NDP MPP Peter Tabuns, Hon. Dipika Damerla, Mr. Jim McDonell, Ms. Jennifer K. French, Hon. Eleanor McMahon, Ms. Peggy Sattler, Hon. Kevin Flynn, Mrs. Gila Martow and all the members of the Ontario Legislature.I request you to watch the second reading and full debate on Jonathan’s Law in the Ontario Legislature. I thank all the legislators, particularly those that spoke on the bill and for their support to Jonathan’s Law.Jonathan’s Law has now been referred to committee. The sooner it becomes law the sooner we avoid bereaved parents from being exposed to precarious situations that can cause them even more suffering. Please support Jonathan’s Law by emailing your MPP. We need your support to make this Bill a law in Ontario soon. Support this bill by emailing your MPP.
My son’s contribution to PACT at SickKids Hospital in Toronto:
Shortly after Jonathan realized he was going to die from the cancer he was diagnosed with, he told the doctor, “I want to help others, when I was in the hospital and they inserted the NG tube in my nose, I told my dad I want to volunteer at SickKids and help other kids going through this experience, by talking to them and helping them. My dad also promised to help along with me. I cannot do that now, but I would love to do the video.” He participated in this video to help raise funds for SickKids Foundation.In honor of his wishes, I volunteer at SickKids Hospital and Espy does at Jonathan’s high school.
Jonathan’s monthly lunch:
About three months after he died, on December 23, 2014 (would have been Jonathan’s 17th birthday), Espy, Matthew (my wife and elder son) visited an orphanage for homeless boys in the southern part of Goa, India. We presented them a special meal, the boys cut a cake and sang happy birthday and merry christmas to Jonathan. Since then, in honor of Jonathan we provide a special meal to the boys at this home on the 5th of every month - the day that Jonathan died. My wife Espy manages this program, and you can view a short video of the first lunch presented on Dec 23, 2014. Click Jonathan’s cake to view a short video of his birthday party.