Inaugural Illuminight Exceeds Fundraising Goal

HAMILTON, ON: The inaugural Illuminight raised $177,800 (and counting), which exceeded the $150,000 fundraising goal.

Members of team Buck Teeth standing in front of the barn.

Team Buck Teeth at Illuminight. Photo by Peter Foulds.

The fall-themed Illuminight, presented by The Clark Companies, was held on Friday, October 26. All proceeds will support the highest priority equipment needs of the Cancer Program at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, which oversees nearly 300,000 patient visits each year.

More than 560 attendees, including patients, hospital teams, community members and volunteers, were united with the common goal of transforming health care for the region served by Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre.

“Exceeding the fundraising goal for an inaugural event is a tremendous accomplishment,” says Pearl Veenema, President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation. “The funds raised are going to significantly impact the lives of patients and families throughout south-central Ontario.”

 Those in attendance were moved by the stories of the event’s three Patient Ambassadors: Sue Clayton, lung cancer patient; Walter Craig, prostate cancer patient; and Deb Martin, lymphoma survivor.

“The cancer journey is about people and the relationships we as caregivers have with our patients,” said Physician Ambassador Dr. Rosalyn Juergens as she addressed the crowd. “The Illuminight Patient Ambassadors embody the courage and resilience of patients who have received care at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre.”

The Foundation thanks all sponsors, including presenting sponsor The Clark Companies, for their support of Illuminight.

Donations can be made until November 16, 2018. To make a donation or to view photos, please visit:


About Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Foundation:

 Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Foundation, as part of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, is focused on raising funds in support of Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre and its programs. The Foundation provides funding for leading-edge equipment and patient amenities, innovative research initiatives, redevelopment of patient care spaces, and the education and training of health care providers.

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Foundation supports specialized cancer and orthopedic programs. It oversees the Regional Cancer Program, including a network of community-based oncology clinics at hospitals in Brantford and Burlington and a partnership in Niagara, and is the only site in the region treating all cancers. Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre is also home to the region’s only stem cell transplant, acute leukemia and blood cancer programs. The combined volume of chemotherapy visits overseen by Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre is the largest in Ontario, and a comprehensive cancer clinical trials program is housed at the Escarpment Cancer Research Institute. The Foundation is focused on enabling outstanding patient care through its goal of Health Care, Transformed.

Media Contact:

Michael Cordeiro
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation
905-521-2100 ext. 73374