Scott smiles for a photo in front of a fence

Conquering Cancer for his Son

The very sight of food made him feel sick to his stomach. Scott from Niagara Falls was at a family gathering in August 2013 when the nausea and the pain in his lower left side began.

Wendy smiles for a photo.

Continuous Cardiac Care

The shortness of breath became more frequent and her heart rate spiked without warning. In 2016, activities like climbing stairs and carrying a laundry basket grew increasingly difficult for Wendy from Haldimand County.

Cooper poses for a photo while wearing a winter jacket.

From the Baseball Diamond to Surgery

Cooper’s CT scan showed a large tumour on the right side of his brain. He was immediately transferred to McMaster Children’s Hospital for urgent surgery.

Talat is reflecting by a window

Overcoming the Stresses and Stigma of Social Anxiety

Talat from Hamilton began to feel anxious and shaky around other people. He grew increasingly stressed at school and he began to worry incessantly about what his teachers were thinking about him.

Shelley is riding her bike and wearing a helmet.

The Iron Will of a Trauma Survivor

Shelley Wickenheiser regularly competes in Ironman triathlons, which are regarded as one of the most difficult races in the world. But on one sunny day in September 2018, Shelley’s future in sports was jeopardized when she was struck by a car while riding her bicycle.

Charles smiles in front of a brick wall.

Firefighter’s High-Rope Rescue Turns Deadly

Captain Charles Madder of the Hamilton Fire Department arrived at the top of the gorge with fellow members of the High Angle Rope Rescue team in July 2019. What started as a search-and-rescue mission quickly turned into a life-threatening situation for Charles himself.

Daniela smiles for the photo.

Hospital Employee Becomes a Patient

As the Manager of Research Development & Relations at Hamilton Health Sciences, Daniela Bianco is well acquainted with the leading-edge work conducted across the hospital sites. But in July 2018, she experienced this exceptional level of care for the first time as a patient.

Cyndy smiles for a photo in front of some trees.

Critical Care for Colon Cancer

Cyndy McLean was diagnosed with colon cancer, which had metastasized to her liver. After surgery was conducted, a follow-up scan determined that additional treatment was necessary.

Kim, David and Cayden pose for a photo in a hospital room.

Complex Care for a Complicated Pregnancy

Kimberly’s pregnancy quickly turned from a joyous occasion to an expectant mother’s worst nightmare.

Kristen Ribble is sitting in a chair. Her therapist is holding her prosthetic limb.

Back into Action with a Prosthetic Limb

Kristen Ribble’s pain was caused by ischemia, which is a lack of blood flow and oxygen delivery to certain parts of the body. Her condition caused extensive tissue damage, resulting in a leg amputation.