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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
Brent and Marilyn Kelman
Brent and Marilyn Kelman understand the importance of philanthropy in our health care system and are helping to attract and train the next generation of minimally invasive surgeons.
“I got to understand what donations could do for the improvement of health care.”
-- Brent and Marilyn Kelman
Prostate cancer survivor Terry Fletcher and his wife Sheila support leading-edge cancer research at LHSC and have a message for men who may be nervous about prostate cancer screening.
“Donors support research and research saves lives.”
-- Terry Fletcher
Paul and Barb Hebert
Paul and Barb Hebert turned unimaginable loss into incredible dedication to prevent other families from enduring similar heartbreak.
“Being the parent of a child suffering from mental illness is heartbreaking.”
-- Paul and Barb Hebert
Bob and Janet McCaig
Bob and Janet McCaig made a truly inspirational $1 million gift to enhance the delivery of care for patients in the region and transform the future of local health care.
“The inspiration to give comes from the understanding that there is a need.”
-- Bob and Janet McCaig
Philanthropist Terrence Donnelly’s impact on health care in London and throughout Southwestern Ontario is nothing short of extraordinary.
On June 30, 2014, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced 86 new appointments to the Order of Canada - including philanthropist Terrence Donnelly, whose impact on health care in London and throughout Southwestern Ontario is nothing short of extraordinary.
When the 10-storey, state-of-the art North Tower at London Health Sciences Centre's (LHSC) Victoria Hospital opened on September 27, 2011, it became…
John and Lorraine Yeoman
The loss of a child, an unexpected quadruple bypass surgery and a breast cancer diagnosis might be too much for some couples to bear – but not for John and Lorraine Yeoman.
Life is a series of moments - some out of control, some thoughtfully planned out; some seemingly inconsequential, some heart breaking - and it is how you react and respond to those moments that can inspire a community.
The loss of a child before her prime, an unexpected quadruple bypass surgery and a breast cancer diagnosis might be too much for some couples to bear. However, for…