On Sept. 18, Tom Fritz, co-founder of Business for Life, was airlifted to Hamilton Health Sciences hospital, following a near-fatal crash near Hampstead in southwestern Ontario. Fritz’s pickup truck rolled into the ditch after sideswiping a tractor trailer around 7:15 am.
Fritz, 72, founded Business for Life with Fr. Ted Colleton in the 1980s. The board raises money for the pro-life cause and tries to get more business people involved in the movement. Business for Life has financially supported Campaign Life Coalition, The Interim, LifeSiteNews, and specific pro-life initiatives over the years. In 2000, Business for Life not only funded but several of its members provided the labour to transform an empty and dilapidated floor in a downtown Toronto building into the national offices of CLC.
Jim Hughes, national president of Campaign Life Coalition and a member of the Business for Life board, asked pro-lifers for prayers as his friend who was induced into a medical coma and faced numerous surgeries, including orthopedic surgery to repair the broken bones in his leg, arms, wrist, chest and hip.
Fritz’s spleen was removed, his lung was punctured, and initial surgery had to be postponed because of internal bleeding. He was in critical condition when Hughes and Steve Jalsevac of LifeSiteNews and a fellow Business for Life board member, visited Fritz and his wife, Anne, and daughter, Lisa, at the hospital.
Jalsevac said, Fritz is “a quiet, humble man of extraordinary generosity, a prolific entrepreneur, a man who loves God deeply, has always been fearless in speaking and acting against evil.”