Dr. Tracy Sexton & Linda Kuska
Linda Kuska and Tracy Sexton have a few things in common: they are both mothers, they work in health care, and they are both breast cancer survivors. For the last five years, Linda and Tracy have been sitting beside each other for four hours every week as paddling partners on the Rowbust dragon boat rowing team and have become close friends.
In May of 1999, Linda Kuska was working as a registered nurse at LHSC’s former South Street Hospital. She was a young mother with no family history of breast cancer, and yet she noticed a small lump in her breast. After further…
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.
At the time, Rick was three-and-a-half years into a stage IV pancreatic cancer diagnosis, and on a heavy combination of active chemotherapy.
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!
The toll cancer can take on a patient and their family is no secret, but for Bob Hardie he knows these struggles firsthand. Through his career in prostate cancer…
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.…
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,…
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…
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…
Bikers for Boobs
It’s a brisk early fall day in South London when the sound of distant highway traffic is punctuated by the telltale engine growl of a pack of Harleys. A group of leather-clad bikers is arriving back to Rocky’s Harley Davidson from a charity ride that took them across the region in support of financial assistance for breast cancer patients. The event is aptly titled Bikers for Boobs.
“We wanted to catch the guys’ attention with this event – there are a lot of male bikers,” says Darlene Reparon, the Ladies of Harley Officer for the Forest City HOG (Harley Owners Group) chapter…
Growing up, 18-year-old Kendra Klages from small-town Tara, Ontario, has always been told she’s just like her Uncle Duane. Smart, witty and kind-hearted, Kendra takes this as a big compliment, especially knowing she will never meet her uncle.
In 1990, before Kendra was born, Duane Steinacker passed away at the age of 20 from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – a cancer that originates in the lymphatic system and affects the disease-fighting network throughout the body.
Kendra’s mother Krista was just 15 years old at the time her brother passed. According to Kendra, her mother…
Ashton Lefteris has an ambitious goal to raise money for cancer care.
“I want to raise $10,000 and then I want to raise $100,000 and then a million dollars,” Ashton says. “It’s as much as I possibly can.”
Ashton recently started the fundraiser Coins for Cancer after his mom Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago while nursing her youngest son. Jennifer began treatment at London Health Sciences Centre’s (LHSC) London Regional Cancer Program under the care of Dr. Kylea Potvin and Dr. Muriel Brackstone.
“They both have been the most fabulous…
Peter and Trudy Channer
Ovarian cancer is one of the most lethal cancers for women. Symptoms are vague and the lack of reliable early detection is why it’s known as “the silent killer.”
Peter and Trudy Channer know this all too well.
Nearly 20 years ago, Peter’s sister Mary passed away from the disease at the age of 37, leaving behind two young daughters. Two years later his brother’s daughter Sara, 20, lost her battle with ovarian cancer as well.
“Mary was his only sister which is tragic in itself, but then to lose your niece to the same disease, it’s something…
Shoppers Drug Mart Supports Continence Care
Shoppers Drug Mart's visionary investment in women's health helped fund the development of a comprehensive continence care program at LHSC. The Continence Clinic was established in November 2016 and has been helping hundreds of women across the region since it opened.
"It's important that we support health care in London and our surrounding region because we, as pharmacists, are at the forefront of care. It's important that we work together as a system to help people – specifically women – in our communities who may be putting the health of…
The average age of someone diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease – an incurable neurodegenerative disease that is most commonly characterized by involuntary movements – is mid-to-late 60s.
So when Kim Petrie of Hamilton was diagnosed at 45, she was in shock. As a busy, fitness-minded mother of three, she was faced with the sudden reality of how this diagnosis would affect her life. However, she wasn’t going to deal with it quietly. Despite the new health challenges she faced, Kim used her Parkinson’s news as a jumping off point to help others, by serving as an empathetic listener…
Jill & Dave's Story
Trudell Medical and Medtronic Canada are global leading-edge health care technology and equipment companies. With over 30 years of sponsorship at Country Classic Auction (CCA) and TASTINGS, both companies have made an impact in many ways; just a few short years ago, these partners sparked a new chapter for two fellow CCA attendees.
Dave and Jill fell in love while working at Trudell. It was the perfect fit because of their shared passion for work, community and giving back. “We’ve both worked in the medical device industry for quite some time,” Jill said. “We…
David and Marilyn Conklin
Sepsis and blood clots are two very different, but very real threats to a person’s health, but now, thanks to a generous donation from David and Marilyn Conklin, new research and treatments are on the horizon for both of these conditions.
David and Marilyn were each faced with a health crisis that required life-saving treatments at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC).
After their recovery, the couple wanted to thank and acknowledge the hard work of the doctors who saved their lives; Dr. Michael Kovacs and Dr. Tina Mele. To show their appreciation, they decided to make…
July fourth is a memorable day for many. For Dave Postowoj, it was the start of a new life with his beautiful bride Fran.
“I loved her so much,” Dave says. “I just wanted to be with her.”
They were married in 1992 and spent a wonderful honeymoon cruising various islands in the Caribbean.
It was a happy time for the newlyweds despite the fact that Fran had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) prior to their wedding. Dave shared: “She exhibited some symptoms, but it was not obviously visible that she had MS.”
A diagnosis was confirmed by an…
Gifts from the heart
When patient Cindy Waddick was recovering from a complex heart surgery performed by Dr. Michael Chu just before Christmas of 2016, her care team gave her a special red pillow to hold to her chest to relieve some of her discomfort.
She was touched by the gesture, and that pillow would go on to hold a meaningful place in her heart long after she recovered.
While she was still in the hospital after her life-saving heart surgery, Cindy’s partner Zoran proposed to her. Her care team was there to witness the memorable moment, so she updated Dr. Chu and the team a year later.…
The Family of Jimmy George
When Jimmy George of Leamington was 69 years old, he became very ill. He had contracted hepatitis B – a viral infection that attacks the liver – which led to severe complications requiring an immediate transplant. He needed a new liver, yet even if one was found for him, there was no guarantee his body would accept it as his immune system had become very weak.
In early 2007, just a few months after putting his name on the transplant list, Jimmy’s transplant pager started beeping. A liver from a non-beating heart donor was available. Jimmy and his family decided to go through with…
Pro Athletes Support Local Concussion Research
“I remember blacking out for days and even weeks after one of my concussions,” says Dylan DeMelo, defenseman for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). “It changes how you feel about yourself and how you view things – it is very scary and very real.”
The Londoner was back in town for the summer with his teammate Logan Couture, a longtime forward for the Sharks since his impressive rookie start in 2009. London Health Sciences Foundation caught up with both Sharks as they were suiting up in tuxedos for Couture’s …
It started in 1918 when John A. Nash borrowed $500 from family to open a jewellery store at 206 Dundas Street in the heart of downtown London. He originally worked for Young’s Jewellers and made the decision to branch out and start his own store. He envisioned a market place where he could connect with Londoners and create memorable moments in people’s lives. Since then, Nash Jewellers has become a historical gem in Southwestern Ontario. However, surviving 100 years in business has been no small feat.
Over the course of a century, the business endured the Great Depression,…
Leaving a Legacy
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…
Cancer doesn’t discriminate. It’s a disease that can affect anyone at any age regardless of their profession, gender, or if they are seemingly healthy. As an operating room (OR) nurse for the last 30 years, Betty Ostrander knows this fact. Yet upon hearing her own cancer diagnosis, she was left nearly falling out of her chair, shocked.
It started in November 2016 when Betty and her husband, Harry, were in Florida for the winter. She noticed a small lump on the right side of her throat. When it didn’t subside after a few days, Betty’s medical-oriented…
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 two-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…
As the presenting partner, we are pleased to welcome you to London’s premier event, Tastings, in support of London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC). It has been an honour to be directly involved in this spectacular event. We look forward to seeing you there on May 2.
Jon Seabrook, CIBC Private Wealth Management:
“It has been a pleasure being a part of London Health Sciences Foundation's TASTINGS event for over 10 years. I am so proud of all we have accomplished during that time and the quality health care we continue to…
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.”