Laura and Mark Vieira
From loss comes hope as Laura and Mark Vieira honour their late parents at their wedding.
“We feel like everyone has been impacted by cancer in one way or another and our parents were such giving people. It was important for us to do something in honour of our parents.”
-- Mark Vieira
It was a beautiful summer day on July 2, 2016 when Laura and Mark Vieira said ‘I do’ in front of family, friends and their one-year old daughter, Isla.
“When I saw Laura walking down the aisle, it was just one of the best moments of my life. It was just a…
Volunteer. Donor. Health care advocate. Jan Oates is all these things and so much more.
Jan began working as a kindergarten teacher straight after high school, working hard to achieve her post-secondary education while she taught.
She had 36 years of teaching experience when she retired at 54; sadly, it was at that time that her husband died of a heart condition.
Reeling from her loss and needing a change of pace, Jan began volunteering in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at University Hospital, where she generously contributed her time and passion for almost…
When Andrew moved to London from Mississauga to care for his 67-year-old aunt who has Alzheimer’s disease, he found himself in an unpredictable and sometimes chaotic environment. He faced daily responsibilities of housework, cooking and grocery shopping in addition to being on high alert in the event she compromised her own safety, like leaving the stove on. Eventually, Andrew felt overwhelmed and exhausted with no time to pursue a life outside of caring for his aunt.
“There’s a huge strain on me. There’s so many things I desire to do like have a…
Sabrina Pont is a doting mother of two, a housekeeper at the Hampton Inn in London and enjoys spending time with her loving boyfriend and children. She is often a pillar of support for her friends and family, who describe her as “a big sweetheart with a huge heart.”
Three years ago, it was those same friends and family who served as Sabrina’s own pillar of support when she began experiencing frightening mental health symptoms.
When her son Dreyden was four years old, Sabrina started hearing voices. Over time, the voices got louder and more prominent. She couldn’t…
Ben Zwart has always lived an active lifestyle – he enjoys snowboarding and playing squash, hockey and other sports with his sons.
About eight years ago, he began experiencing knee pain. The pain eventually got so severe that he had to give up the active lifestyle he loved.
Ben’s physiotherapist suggested he visit Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic (FKSMC).
“I had never heard of the place, but was amazed to learn that such a world-class facility exists right here in London,” Ben said.
He met with Dr. Robert Giffin, Dr. Lisa Fischer…
In December 2005, just before the holiday season, Karolanne Bolton was delivered four life-changing words, “you have breast cancer.” However, after 30 years of working in finance at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and after decades as a volunteer raising money for the hospital – she knew she was in the best hands.
This could not have been clearer than on the day she had a mastectomy.
As she arrived ready for surgery at London Regional Cancer Program inside LHSC, Karolanne was greeted by familiar faces lined up on each side of the hallway. These faces weren’t just those…
Good friends Dan Gushe and Ken Walmsley not only worked together at 3M, they also shared the same birthday. Sadly, Dan died at age 42 from prostate cancer. For years, Ken, who is an avid curler, pondered a bonspiel that would both honour his friend and make a difference in combatting the disease that took him all too early in life.
On March 4, almost 35 years after Dan's passing, that “Curl for Prostate Cancer” bonspiel took place at the London Curling Club.
It was a total success,” says Ken. “Way above any expectations I might have had at the start of it all.”
Gary Pooley & Family
Gary Pooley had made the drive from his home in Waterloo to London Health Sciences Centre many times. A sense of worry and stress would always pervade these drives when his wife Karen was receiving treatment for late-stage ovarian cancer.
However, when he was making the drive last November with his daughter Lisa and son David, he felt a renewed sense of hope – a feeling he hadn’t experienced much since Karen passed away three years prior.
On that particular day, they were driving to meet with the Translational Ovarian Cancer Research Team at London Regional Cancer Program (…
In January of 2014, 17- year -old Alex Rowe decided to do something a bit different for her upcoming 18th birthday. “Birthdays are my thing,” Alex says. “My mom always made a huge deal out of mine and my sisters’ birthdays. I would always have one party with my school friends and one party with my sports friends.”
But for this particular year, Alex wanted her birthday to have a big impact. Rather than receiving gifts, she asked her friends and family to bring a toonie to her birthday party. Alex’s plan was to raise donations in honour of her parents, who were both undergoing cancer…
After undergoing a routine physical in 2007, Theresa was diagnosed with breast cancer. “The fear and panic is overwhelming,” says Theresa. “My choices for treatment were explained in detail and I never felt pressure in…
Dr. Marcelo Kremenchutzky & Danine Pike-Kremenchutzky
During his 20-year career at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), Dr. Marcelo Kremenchutzky has become one of Canada’s leading experts in multiple sclerosis (MS). As Chapman Chair in Clinical MS Research at LHSC, Dr. Kremenchutzky has served thousands of patients and their families, trained countless physicians and researchers, and conducted research that is respected the world over – but now, he is also relying on the care of one of his colleagues at LHSC to be able to continue his work…
After surviving cancer, Connie Kuc thought the worst of her health concerns were behind her. But an all-too-common disorder crept its way into her life, eventually affecting almost every moment in her day.
It began as bladder pressure and pain, which became more intense over time. Soon the sensation was too much, leading to incontinence.
“One day, my husband and I were driving down a rural road on the way to pick up a new puppy,” Connie said. “The pressure hit me all of a sudden and I desperately needed to pull over, but we were surrounded by open farm land with…
When crisis strikes, even the most strong-willed and independent must entrust their lives to the hands of others. Such was the case for Tory Struyf, a hardworking mother from Lambton Shores, Ontario.
Pregnant for the third time, Tory thought she knew what to expect when it came to childbirth. Life was business-as-usual as she worked triple duty as a full-time Agricultural Account Manager off-farm, supported the family poultry and crop farm, and cared for her two toddlers.
When she was 31 weeks pregnant, an ultrasound revealed the first sign of complications: a complete…
Can you imagine if your heart stopped for 87 minutes? This was the reality for Martha McDougall of London, who survived this incredible ordeal at 30 years old with the help of London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC).
In late January 2013, Martha – a first-time mother who was 37 weeks pregnant – started experiencing flu-like symptoms and dizzy spells. One night while walking into her kitchen, she blacked out. Her husband Marc immediately called 911 and Martha was rushed to LHSC.
At LHSC’s Victoria Hospital, doctors discovered that Martha had a blood clot in her groin…
At age 56, Ted Velikonja is definitely not a spectator on the sidelines. He’s an active cyclist who can boast riding seven of the most challenging cycling routes in the world including the Tour de France. However, Ted would not have successfully completed his goal if it wasn’t for the orthopaedic care found at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC).
When he was 45, after a ski accident led to treatment and physiotherapy at LHSC’s Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic, Ted was determined to keep his newly healed body active and fit. He began running, then cross training with…
When Bonita Stevenson was diagnosed with breast cancer in April of 2013, she immediately underwent surgery and was put on a rigorous schedule of chemotherapy and radiation. Within a year, she was on the path to recovery after completing her treatement and taking an anti-hormone drug to prevent the spread of cancer.
One year later, in January of 2015, everything changed. She was walking her dog on a cold, wintry day, when she slipped on an icy patch and fell. She went to be treated for her injury and to her shock, found out the drug had been ineffective and the cancer had spread.…
Olympic rower. Entrepreneur. Husband. Father. Now, add “cowboy” to Gord Henry’s resume, a term affectionately coined by London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) physician Dr. Ian Chin-Yee.
Gord’s journey with LHSC began in February of 2013. He drove himself to the emergency room one night after pain and illness made sleeping impossible. The staff took x-rays of his chest, revealing three sources of Gord’s pain: pneumonia, a partially collapsed lung and, most shockingly, a tumour the size of a tennis ball. They quickly treated the pneumonia and repaired his lung, and scheduled a…
When you’re a young, career-driven professional, landing a job in a vibrant city of possibilities is often the dream.
That dream seemed to be coming true for Andrew Kaszowski, now 35, when he landed an exciting new job in Montreal four years ago. He sold his house in his hometown of London, made the move, and began navigating the bilingual city, approaching it with a sense of adventure and optimism.
Despite his hopeful outlook, the changes caused his mental health to nosedive. All of a sudden, he was alone and despondent. He felt trapped in the city and…
Sharon Doward was enjoying a holiday with her husband when she began feeling back pain that hit her hard and fast. Within a few months, the pain was so intense that she could barely eat, sleep or walk.
She had to take a leave from her job and found herself isolated at home; no longer able to do what she loved most – walking her dog. Her active live had come to a sudden halt.
An MRI performed at London Health Sciences Centre revealed a cyst on Sharon’s spine that required surgery. When Sharon met with Dr. Parham Rasoulinejad, who would be performing the surgery,…
Renal Blue Jeans Days
Blue Jeans Day at the Renal Care Centre in Westmount began more than two years ago as a way of fundraising for the Renal Care Patient Assistance Fund. Staff members make a donation every Friday to wear jeans to work and they wear stickers, host raffles, sell homemade goods and find various ways to contribute to the fund.
The Renal Care Patient Assistance Fund is completely donor-supported. It helps many patients pay for unexpected short-term costs, such as certain medications not covered by insurance, emergency living expense, transportation to dialysis treatment, and other costs…
Presenting Partner Siskinds the Law Firm
Siskinds is proud to be a long-term supporter of the Country Classic Auction. The work of London Health Sciences Centre provides invaluable, life-altering services not only for the residents of our community but for people on a national and global scale. We're pleased to be a part of this incredible work.
Siskinds the Law Firm
Siskinds is getting into the spirit of the county fair, the theme of this year’s Country Classic Auction (CCA)! We "Pop It Like It’s Hot" to spread the word. If you don’t know Snoop Dogg’s original, "Drop It Like It’s Hot", no need to see it - our version is more fun!
Picture: Every year, Siskinds blends business with pleasure and attends CCA. Lawyers, Amanda Shaw, Madeleine McKinnon and Vivian Lui get into the spirit at the 2016 event.
Although invisible from the outside, Jessica Drummond always carries with her a memento from LHSC – four titanium clips that were surgically affixed to repair her skull after a terrible accident.
Jessica, a newcomer to Listowel, Ontario, was walking to the local community garden when a truck hit her. Her skull was severely fractured.
“She was in an ambulance being rushed to London, and I was terrified,” says her husband Jason. “We’d only been married for 10 months. I couldn’t lose her.”
Brain surgery was required to save Jessica’s life. “I could sense the…
Laura Briscoe always imagined that her parents would be there on her wedding day, but when her mother was diagnosed with liver cancer, that dream was no longer a certainty.
“Innovation in health care is important to our family and from our perspective because it saves lives.”
-- Laura Briscoe
Dr. Anthony Nichols
Dr. Anthony Nichols is a head and neck cancer surgeon who understands the importance of donor support in finding a cure and improving patient quality of life.
"You can see how you can improve patients’ function and quality of life."
-- Dr. Anthony Nichols