Jessica Durka smiles for a photo

From Sore Throat to Cancer

Jessica Durka thought she had tonsillitis. She was shocked when testing revealed she had cancer.

Shana Greatrix poses for a photo

Close to Her Last Breath

Shana Greatrix from Port Ryerse had trouble catching her breath. Unbeknownst to her, she was dangerously close to losing her life.

Sarah smiles for a photo

No Defence Against Infection

Sarah from Stoney Creek suffered from frequent ear and chest infections. Despite taking antibiotics regularly, her infections kept returning.

Chase sits on a chair holding a tablet with a chemotherapy pump to his right. To his left is child life specialist, Courtney Knight. Both smile and pose for a photo.

Cancer Can’t Sideline Chase

Chase from Cambridge was an active nine-year-old who was passionate about hitting home runs and scoring goals. Then he found himself unable to participate in sports because of a life-altering diagnosis.

Cash as a baby in the NICU

Clinging to Life after Premature Birth

Tracy was 29 weeks into her pregnancy when she encountered her first complication.

DoraLee smiles for a photo

Caring for a Family with Complex Needs

Tara and Amanda from Hamilton are well acquainted with the services at McMaster Children’s Hospital, as they have adopted multiple children with complex physical or developmental needs.

Verna reads a book in her hospital room next to a window.

A Rare Cardiac Surgery

Verna Ross could have died from heart failure. An extremely rare procedure saved her life.

Eleanor Churchill smiles for a photo

Standing Strong after a Horrific Fall

Eleanor Churchill was 85 years old when she fell down a flight of stairs in her home.

Sue Hewitson smiling while standing outdoors.

The Day the Cancer Returned

Sue Hewitson of Jerseyville awoke to such extreme pain that she decided to visit the Emergency Department in Brantford. An ultrasound revealed that a tumour was growing in her kidney.

Joanne Kiers smiles for a photo

“Anyone with Lungs can get Lung Cancer”

Joanne was shocked when she was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2013 – despite never smoking a day in her life.