A Helping Hand in the Darkest Hour
Words can’t quite describe the impact of the Mental Health Patient Assistance Fund, which is 100 per cent donor funded. For those on the receiving end, this fund can be life-saving.
Jake was already a patient of LHSC’s Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychoses (PEPP) when he came home from a group session to find his mother had died by suicide in the apartment they shared together. Reeling, he immediately called PEPP. Not only did the program provide…
Six years ago, Emily Marshall began noticing a pain in her right arm. An avid rugby player with a black belt in Taekwondo, she was familiar with muscle aches and sprains—this was different. X-Rays came back inconclusive. Physiotherapy didn’t seem to help, either.
“All my friends started to notice how I had this arm that was sore all the time,” Emily says. “I was dropping things and losing function in it.”
Eventually, the pain grew unbearable and she found herself in the Emergency Department at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC). She was in tears not only…
The Baker Centre for Pancreatic Cancer
In June 2019, Londoner Rick Baker and some of his family members were cycling one of the toughest summits in France: Mont Ventoux. This 2,000 metre-high grind to the blustery peak has been considered one of the most gruelling sections of past Tours de France. When 55-year-old Rick reached the halfway mark, he doubted his ability to finish – each push depleting what little energy he had.
Rick was three and a half years into a stage IV pancreatic cancer diagnosis, and on a heavy combination of active chemotherapy.
Paying Forward the Kindness of Strangers
Donate for Giving Tuesday
Sometimes the smallest gesture can have the greatest impact. For Carol Weekes Schacter, it was a brief moment five years ago at LHSC’s London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP).
Carol’s sister Judy was undergoing treatment for an aggressive brain tumour known as a glioblastoma and had her head shaved for brain surgery. Carol wanted to get her sister a nice wig, but knew Judy would prefer to pay for it herself; however, Judy was…
Murray Jones remembers his first experience at the Hospital after moving to London with his wife. In 1977 they started their family and only a few years later, their young son was hospitalized after suffering a broken leg.
“My son fell off a climber and broke his femur when was only three years old. I stayed at the hospital every night for the first few weeks to comfort him. They put him in a cast from chest to toes,” he recalls. “He's 35 years old now and can't remember which leg it was!”
This was far from the last time Murray would spend at the hospital. And…
Bob Hardie & The Hardie Family Foundation
The family that keeps on giving for Giving Tuesday.
For over 20 years, Bob Hardie has been an unwavering supporter of London Health Sciences Foundation (LHSF), and is no stranger to philanthropy and giving back. In addition to his great work in prostate cancer research, Bob has contributed in so many other ways; whether it’s with his time or money, Bob has generously supported LHSF since his first gift in 1996!
Fowler Kennedy gets varsity soccer player game ready
When a knee injury almost ended Tiffany’s varsity soccer career, the team at Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic (FKSMC) created a care plan to get her back to where she belongs.
Before she came to London for university, Tiffany tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) – one of the key ligaments that help stabilize the knee joint – and received reconstruction surgery in Toronto. But Tiffany was still in pain while playing for Western University’s varsity soccer team.
Jessica Thompson of Sarnia was just 24 years old when she noticed a lump on her stomach.
She didn’t think much of it at first, but it grew so quickly within two months that people began to ask her if she was pregnant.
Knowing this was not the case, Jessica went to her local health unit, where they performed several tests and sent her for an ultrasound and a CT scan at the Sarnia General Hospital. The results of the scan confirmed her fears…
Western ProResp is a proud partner of London Health Sciences Foundation and this year’s digital version of Country Classic Auction – CCA@home. London is our hometown and has been since our inception in 1981; we are invested in the local community and the local health system. Western ProResp’s ongoing support of the Foundation is meaningful to our team.
We are blessed to have access to world-class healthcare when we enter the doors of London Health Sciences Centre; healthcare that is supported by the work of the Foundation. Through a highly successful joint venture, Western ProResp…
When Randy Bowden lost his taste buds, he says it was one of the lowest points in his life.
It may seem like an insignificant side effect, given other complications that can come with cancer treatments. Yet to someone who cared so much about food, it was worse than the cancer diagnosis itself.
“Even when I found out I had head and neck cancer, it was not as bad as when I found out that I could not taste anything,” he said, recalling the sadness he felt. “And they couldn’t tell me when it was going to come back or if it was going to come back.”
Jason Supports A Need That Hits Close to Home
McDonald’s franchisee Jason Lessif is a community-oriented family man with a desire to help others. That’s why when Barb and Paul Hebert spoke about their son’s tragic battle with mental illness at last year’s Country Classic Auction; it struck a chord with Jason.
“I was blown away,” Jason says. “My heart went out to them and it just made me realize that we have to do something as a community. So I put my hand up, and a whole bunch of guys at my table…
We have been proud partners with the LHSF and the CCA for almost two decades. Giving back to the community where we work and live is part of our mission and one of the main guiding principles in our business. We want to look after the community and the people that look after us!
The CCA in particular is always a great time! We use the event to host some key members of our team each year as we begin each long winter season. Sponsoring the Clintar Saloon has become a tradition and fun way to support the Foundation and their chosen annual cause focusing on varying mental health needs…
On May 4, 2018, Desiree Ford was in a tragic car accident that claimed the lives of her friend and her dog.
Desiree had to be airlifted in to Victoria Hospital due to the severity of her injuries and required seven complete blood transfusions within the first 20 hours of her accident. Doctors weren’t sure she would make it through her first 24 hours, but she pulled through.
Thanks to the work of the doctors and nurses at London Health Sciences Center (LHSC), Desiree survived and has made significant strides towards healing.
Desiree’s injuries were…
Making the most of lost-and-found items at LHSC
The security and facilities teams at London Health Sciences Centre have teamed up to make a difference with a new initiative, donating over $3,000 to the highest-priority needs at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC).
In the past, unclaimed lost and found items from around the hospital would often end up in the trash. Now, they are being used to make a difference at the hospital, in the London community, and around the globe.
It all began with a meeting early in 2018. The two teams were discussing what to do with items left behind in lockers when staff members left the…
Sodexo is extremely proud of our partnership with London Health Sciences Centre and how that partnership has evolved based on the Mission, Vision and Values of both organizations.
As Sodexo’s Housekeeping Teams work side by side with LHSC Teams every day, we see the excellent care and service that is provided by LHSC to the community of London including patients, clients and families. We also see the significant impact of London Health Sciences Foundation’s support and Sodexo is very happy to be able to provide our ongoing support.
Barry Ward, District Manager
It’s hard to imagine that life as you know it can change overnight. This was the case for thirty-eight-year-old Julie Horton, mother of three, who simply woke one morning to extreme discomfort in her neck. Eventually, the pain became so severe she couldn’t perform daily tasks like sleeping, driving or even hugging her children.
“It was like one day the pain wasn’t there and the next day, it was. It seemed to just gradually get worse and worse, causing the muscles all around to get very tight and sore,” explains Julie.
After several years, the pain in Julie’s neck…
Legacy Impact During Health Care Crisis
Our world as we know it has changed over a very short period of time. Not in our recent memories has health care been at the forefront of our collective consciousness like it is today. During this global pandemic, we are grateful to all donors who are equipping our hospital with life-saving resources to combat COVID-19.
Legacy gifts are currently playing a key role in funding critical research into improved testing and treatment for patients with the virus.
“Community support is needed now more than ever to help fight this pandemic,” Legacy Donor Margaret…
Giving back to the communities in which we live and work is in our DNA at Rogers.
We are proud to sponsor this year’s Country Classic Auction as well as provide connectivity for this virtual fundraiser that will raise critical funds to support youth mental health in Southwestern Ontario.
In this unprecedented year, which is also the year of our 60th birthday, we are doubling down on supporting the most vulnerable in our communities, including those in our region.
“Without FEMAP, I don't know if I would be here today. FEMAP helped me find my voice and gave me the courage to use it,” says FEMAP patient Tandra Lepine, who bravely shares her story with the goal of helping others.
Tandra Lepine remembers having struggled with her mental health since she was a young child. When she was 9, she started experiencing a lot of unrest at home. She remembers witnessing a fight between her parents that led to the police coming to her home, which resulted in Tandra and her siblings having to stay at a women’s shelter with her mother for several weeks…
"Supporting LHSC is very important to both myself and to CIBC. During these unusual times, we are seeing real heroes in action! The sacrifice from all the frontline workers is one we must all cherish. I see it first hand as my wife is a frontline worker and our superhero at home! Thank you LHSC!"
Blair Umeri, CIBC Commercial Banking
“When I consider the many causes and ways I could give back, no group has had such a positive impact on so many members of our family and friends as London Health Sciences Centre. Angela and…
For most, the teens early twenties are a time of discovery. A time where you try to figure out who you are and where you want to go with the rest of your life. But for Dylan Fournier, a St. Mary’s native, those years were hijacked by cancer.
Now, with the help of Access Cancer Therapies (ACT) Now and Dr. Stephen Welch of LHSC, Dylan’s life is no longer dictated by cancer.
In 2012, during his freshman year of high school, Dylan was diagnosed with colitis. The…
Dennis' COVID-19 Journey
Dennis and his wife Patricia fell ill with COVID-19 following a turbulent eight weeks of caring for their hospitalized daughter in Toronto. Their daughter had major surgery and complications, and three weeks following her release, she tested positive for COVID-19.
Dennis and Patricia returned to London immediately to self-isolate and notified the Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU). Patricia developed a bad cough and shortness of breath, and was very tired for about a week, but she…
Brenda Thorne is a loving mother, wife, and grandmother. In 2015, Brenda almost lost her life to multiple organ failure. Thanks to the incredible doctors and staff at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) she survived and is back where she belongs – with her family.
For years Brenda had experienced significant fatigue, but she attributed it to her busy lifestyle – teaching, being an organist, as well as the demands that come with motherhood. In 2012, Brenda had developed digestive issues, and with her continued fatigue Brenda decided to seek medical advice. Through testing in…
A chance visit to the Emergency Department (ED) led to life-changing news for patient Candace Miller.
In September of 2019, Candace woke up in the middle of the night with a very strange and concerning feeling on the right side of her head. Her husband took her to the ED at London Health Sciences Centre’s Victoria Hospital.
At first, the ED doctors and nurses suspected a stroke. They performed a CT angiogram to check her blood vessels for blockages and referred her to a neurologist at the Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) clinic.
No signs of stroke showed on…
Fellowships train the next generation of cancer specialists
With new discoveries made in health care every day, the practice of medicine is constantly evolving. It is therefore essential that physicians continue to hone and refine their skills long after receiving their MDs.
At the London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP), fellowships give physicians the opportunity to become experts in a specific area of cancer care. Fellowship training may involve both clinical and research activities. Donor support provided the necessary funding for the following fellowships:
UROLOGIC ONCOLOGY FELLOWSHIP
The prestigious Urologic…