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…
In 2004, 21-year-old Rashad experienced the scare of a lifetime while driving home to London, from Windsor Ontario. Seemingly out of nowhere, he had experienced his first-ever seizure, and lost control of the wheel while he fell unconscious. Thankfully, his friends in the passenger’s seats were able to stop the car safely without anyone else getting injured. To this day, Rashad has no memory of what happened.
After the terrifying incident, Rashad was referred to London Health Sciences Centre and was later diagnosed with epilepsy. This seemed strange to Rashad since he had never had…
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.…
From as young as four years old, Kirstie Leedham, who grew up in Chatham, remembers climbing into the little storage unit underneath her oldest brother’s bed when she was feeling scared or anxious – the cozy nook would bring a sense of comfort and peace.
More than 20 years later, this pastime would answer many significant questions for Kirstie, who would undergo a long and difficult mental health journey before getting to that point.
It began with not being able to get out of bed. She slept all day and all night and missed two months of grade seven. Then, she was…
Meet Dr. Tracey Crumley
Award-Winning Champion for Women’s Health
Dr. Tracey Crumley has delivered close to 10,000 babies in her more than 20 years as an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB-GYN), has won a “Best Curriculum on Earth” award for her excellence in teaching and has now stepped into the role as Interim Chair/Chief in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Learn more about Dr. Crumley ─ an advocate for women’s health and expert care provider.
What fuels your passion for women’s care?
I love delivering babies and helping mothers as they journey through their pregnancy. It’s a beautiful…
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…
CTV's Reta Ismail shares her story with London Health Sciences Foundation:
I remember the moment my son Nero was born like it was yesterday. For the first time in my life, I felt my heart beating on the outside. It was truly the best moment of my life being able to hold him in my arms and kissing his little forehead for the very first time.
He will be turning five this coming August and it feels as if time has flown by. I am now pregnant with baby number two. But this is not my second pregnancy. Like many women, I have suffered from pregnancy loss, twice in…
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 …
Tony de Boer
Can you imagine travelling out of town for a full hip replacement in the morning and still being home in time for dinner? Tony de Boer experienced this twice – the right hip one year and the left one the next. He shares his story below:
For me, life is always in motion. Whether it’s riding my snowmobile, travelling with my wife Marian, or running the family business – a physically demanding job in an industrial knitting factory in Exeter – I’m constantly on the go. So when I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my early forties, I was devastated.
In the past seven years, Lenore Rawlings has been through one life-threatening health scare after the other.
In 2011, she and her husband George pulled over near their home in McGregor, Ontario, when a pickup truck that veered off the road struck them. Lenore suffered a blood clot in her lung, which left her in a coma and clinging to life in intensive care.
Coming close to death several times, doctors in Windsor performed six tracheotomies to open her airway. Lenore tenaciously pulled through each trauma, spending four months in the hospital before…
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,…
The newest member of the Mental Health Campaign Cabinet at London Health Sciences Foundation (LHSF) is a business owner, philanthropist, hockey player and grateful patient – all at only 25-years-old.
Just four years ago, Tyler was in a much darker place in his life. After a suicide attempt almost took his life, he reached out from the crushing depression that enveloped him.
“I need help,” he admitted to his family. His mother drove him to Victoria Hospital.
Years earlier, Tyler’s journey with depression began when he was a child. His home life was…
Steve is a 41-year-old Londoner, Western graduate and avid hockey fan. He explains how his favorite team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, has improved over the last few years.
“They’ve been doing well. The old saying goes – if you’ve hit rock bottom, the only way to go is up – and that’s with anything in life.”
Six years ago, Steve experienced rock bottom. His mental health began to deteriorate, and he attempted to take his own life. After a long recovery in hospital, he was referred to London Health Sciences Centre’s PEPP Program (Prevention & Early Intervention…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.”