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A few of our donors and caregivers share their personal stories about health care and why they contribute to Kingston’s hospitals:
Years after a softball-sized tumor was removed from her brain, Kyla is saying thank you to the team that saved her life by fundraising for the department of neurosurgery.
Callie & Cayden
Callie and Cayden were born on Christmas Eve 2014 – three months before their due date. Suddenly, the only thing their parents wanted for Christmas was for their daughters to survive.
After a bone marrow biopsy, lab technicians at Kingston Health Sciences Centre discovered that 16-year old Mackenzie had Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) and was in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant.
Four weeks after his heart stopped beating, Martin walked his daughter down the aisle. He survived a heart attack thank to innovative thinking from staff in the emergency department at Kingston Health Sciences Centre.
After Ron Irvine had to travel to Toronto from Kingston for a procedure, he wanted to make sure no other patients had to do the same. Fortunately, Volunteer Services to Hotel Dieu Hospital was there to help.
Patti Cox shares the story of her journey with breast cancer and the care she received through Hotel Dieu Hospital and the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario at Kingston General Hospital.
At 51 years of age, Mike Gardner’s life was forever changed. The busy world-travelling businessman had a stroke that left him fighting for the use of the left side of his body. Mike is forever grateful to the care teams at Kingston General Hospital and Providence Care who worked with him.
Nancy Watters shares the story of the care that her parents both received as residents at Providence Care’s long-term care home. She knows the incredible level of care that was provided and is thankful it was available for her loved ones.
Joanne Meilenner’s family has received care from Providence Care’s mental health team and at Providence Manor. Hear about her first-hand experience with the compassionate care providers and her excitement for the future of Providence Care Hospital.
Rachel Cuddington is an acting, singing and dancing sensation, who came very close to losing her sense of hearing. Today she’s getting wonderful care in the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinics at Hotel Dieu Hospital.
Pamela Brooks shares the emotional story of the birth of her twin sons at 25 weeks and the heartfelt journey of her small family through care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Kingston General Hospital.
Dr. Charles Bird was a clinician-scientist looking into the role hormones play in breast and prostate cancers. Now retired for more than 20 years, he’s making plans to continue seeding important research.
Audrey Brown is a speech language pathologist at Providence Care’s St. Mary’s of the Lake site, who works primarily with helping people who have had stroke with their speech recovery as well as with being able to swallow. One day in early September 2013, Audrey herself experienced a stroke, while working with one of her clients.
Tom Greenlaw had a total knee replacement at Hotel Dieu Hospital as part of the day surgery program. He recovered within 48 hours and was discharged home. The entire experience was fantastic.
Maggie Shannan shares the inspiring story how she fought back for a full recovery following a horrific car accident, thanks the amazing care she received in all three of Kingston’s hospitals.
What it’s like to be a new mom with a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
How a new procedure gave her back her life
Remembering days when an operation happened on the dining room table
Raising funds for research into better care treatments and outcomes