Wickenheiser posted to Twitter on Sunday evening asking subscribers to donate all spare equipment they have for the crisis after receiving “desperate calls from my frontline friends in Toronto.”
The Olympic gold medalist, who is also an aspiring emergency physician, requested 68 boxes of N95 masks, 135 boxes of surgical masks, 135 boxes of gloves and 1,350 chemo shirts.
“I don’t have much to offer in return, maybe a signed jersey, a smile and guaranteed good karma,” she wrote.
The public response was instant.
Less than an hour after his tweet, a camp director in Markham responded, saying he had 33 boxes of expired N95 masks to send. Another Waterloo user offered the service of his community to sew the specifications of the chemo dresses, if he was able to “identify the right textile.”
Others have posted links to Facebook groups and suggested resources to search for equipment, such as dental offices, schools, etc.
A Canadian celebrity even offered to send custom videos and Deadpool bobbleheads in exchange for more equipment.
“The people helping Hayley get this essential PPE equipment will get something great from me,” tweeted Ryan Reynolds. “I will send you personalized videos. I’ll sign whatever you want. I’ll send Deadpool Bobbleheads and / or movie memories. “
“I will even raise your children as if they were mine – who trust me, you do NOT want. Any help will be generously rewarded, ”he added.
Wickenheiser and Reynolds have both been active voices in the Canadian fight against the pandemic. In the past few weeks, Wickenheiser has successfully lobbied for the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and has expressed concern over the athletes’ anxiety when they have to train under the threat of global disease.
Reynolds joined a host of other celebrities last week posting videos urging fans to stay home. He also paid a surprise virtual visit to the kids at SickKids Hospital and told his young fans about the costumes he wore in Deadpool and his favorite food.