When lifelong friends Doug Grisdale, Rob Parrott and Antonio Sauro decided to open a restaurant on the North Shore, they knew that fighting cancer would be on the menu.
Since opening in 2007, their fine-dining restaurant, Mangia E Bevi Ristorante, has donated more than $270,000 to oncology research and treatment at the BC Children’s Hospital and Lions Gate Hospital. The money is generated through their annual fundraiser, Because a Cure is Obtainable – or BACIO, the Italian word for kiss.
The team was inspired to give to the local hospitals after the disease took hold of their loved ones.
“In 2005, Rob’s daughter – she was 7 at the time –[contracted] a brain tumour,” Mr. Grisdale said. “She survived it through treatment at the BC’s Children’s Hospital.”