Have you ever heard of the saying, “you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain”?

That thought was at the top of my mind when I spotted Michael Wekerle, a Canadian investor on CBC’s ‘Dragon’s Den’, sitting less than 10-feet away from me at an Awards Gala during Canadian Music Week in Toronto.

(Credit: Michael Wekerle Facebook)

A fellow employee at my table dared me to go tell Mr. Wekerle about my fundraiser for Mario Diotte – a local Sudbury man who was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer that is not covered by OHIP.  His treatment costs upwards of $100,000 every 6 months. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

(Mario Diotte, left)


My goal was clear from day one. I told Sudbury and Mario that I would shave my hair off once I reached my $5,000 fundraising goal.

My donations had come to a standstill and I knew I needed to take this dare up. With absolutely zero hesitation, I got up and walked directly to the table that Michael Wekerle was sitting at. I introduced myself as Shannon King, the morning show host on KiSS 105.3.

After telling him that I was a big fan of the “Dragon’s Den” show, he asked me what my job entailed – giving me a perfect opportunity to tell him about my fundraiser for Mario. Wekerle responded saying, “$5,000?! That’s amazing. Do you have a pen?”

I handed him a pen and he whipped out a blank cheque and said, “who should I make this $5,000 out to?”.

At this point I am in absolute shock. I’m shaking and have tears in my eyes when I tell him to make it out to Mario Diotte.

And just like that, thanks to Michael Wekerle and everyone else who donated, I surpassed my fundraising goal of $5,000.

This moment was beyond emotional. I went from $2,635 to $7,635 within a matter of minutes. Feeling so grateful to Michael’s overwhelming act of kindness, I had to share the amazing news with Mario and his mother Lise Diotte, whom I work with at 880 Lasalle Blvd. I ran outside where it was quiet so I could call her via video chat.





What’s even more incredible? A KiSS 105.3 listener named Angele Brouillette called me during the morning show when I first shared my fundraising idea on-air. Take a listen to our conversation. 

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KiSS Mornings with Shannon: Angele Brouillette's Friendly Fundraising Challenge

Originally Aired: May 11, 2019

Angele was serious about kicking my butt, too! She shared her fundraiser with her co-workers at Extendicare York. Her team came together and Angele was selling everything from pizza, ice cream and even winks for $2!

She called me with updates to let me know how she was doing.

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KiSS Mornings with Shannon: Challenge Update

Originally Aired: April 16, 2019

Angele truly is a real-life-angel. She has a heart of gold and thanks to her, we can  both shave our hair off for Mario Diotte and present a very large cheque to the Diotte family. The fundraising isn’t over yet! I’m going to give Angele some time to catch up and invite you to donate to Mario today.


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