HAMILTON, ON: Hamilton General Hospital Foundation has a million reasons to celebrate.
The eighth-annual Strides For The General fundraising run/walk on September 15, presented by Medtronic, raised nearly $145,000 in gross revenue for Hamilton General Hospital, including the Regional Rehabilitation Centre. Strides For The General surpassed the million-dollar mark this year, with total funds raised since 2011 exceeding $1,084,500.
Nearly 650 attendees, including patients, hospital teams, community members and volunteers, were united with the common goal of transforming health care for the region served by Hamilton General Hospital and the Regional Rehabilitation Centre.
“Exceeding a million dollars in cumulative revenue is a major milestone for us,” says Tamara Pope, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, who has helped organize the event since its inception in 2011. “Strides proceeds have significantly enhanced the quality of care at Hamilton General Hospital, including the Regional Rehabilitation Centre.”
All proceeds from Strides For The General will support enhanced patient care by funding priority medical equipment and educational initiatives. Since 2011, the event has enabled the purchase of more than 60 pieces of life-saving medical equipment.
“You never know when you’ll need the services of Hamilton General Hospital, which is why an event like Strides For The General is so important,” says Teresa Smith, Vice President, Adult Regional Care, Hamilton Health Sciences. “Strides is a great event to support much-needed equipment purchases, but it’s also an event about teamwork and supporting the community.”
Those in attendance were moved by the words of the event’s four Patient Ambassadors: gunshot-wound survivor Brandon Clark; pulmonary-embolism survivor Daniel Armstrong; and Jeff and Jennifer Wolfenden, who each survived a heart attack and stroke. The Ambassadors shared their remarkable stories of survival and thanked the hospital staff for saving their lives. The Ambassadors are alive today because of the talented teams at Hamilton General Hospital.
“They did a lot to help me get better,” says Patient Ambassador Daniel Armstrong. “I wanted to give back to thank them for saving my life. An event like Strides helps make the patient experience at Hamilton General Hospital as great as possible.”
The Foundation thanks all sponsors, including Medtronic for its ongoing commitment as the presenting sponsor for the event.
“We’re very honoured and privileged to be the presenting sponsor for Strides For The General,” says Bernie Souche, Director of Health Systems at Medtronic. “Hamilton General Hospital and the Regional Rehabilitation Centre will be able to purchase important equipment because of everyone who fundraised or sponsored this event.”
Donations can be made until September 30. To make a donation or to view official run times and photos, please visit: hamiltonhealth.ca/strides.
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation
905-521-2100 ext. 73374
About Hamilton General Hospital Foundation:
Hamilton General Hospital Foundation, as part of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, is focused on raising funds in support of Hamilton General Hospital, the Regional Rehabilitation Centre and their 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.
Hamilton General Hospital Foundation supports specialized cardiac and vascular care, trauma and burn treatment, stroke and neurosciences, and rehabilitation programs. The site is home to Ontario’s highest volume cardiac surgical centre and integrated stroke program. It is also one of only two adult regional burn centres in the province, and it houses an intensive rehabilitation centre for patients recovering from stroke, acquired brain injury, amputation or spinal cord injury. The Foundation is focused on enabling outstanding patient care through its goal of Health Care, Transformed.