Near-Death Experience Inspires Student to Support Hospital Fundraiser

HAMILTON, ON: A relatively minor incident turned into a life-threatening situation for Daniel Armstrong of Hamilton.

Patient Ambassador Daniel Armstrong

Daniel Armstrong

“I slipped on a sewer grate and hurt my foot,” Daniel explains. “I was fitted for a medical walking boot in Waterloo to help heal the injury.”

A few weeks later, Daniel developed difficulties breathing. Growing concerned, Daniel went to the Emergency Department at Hamilton General Hospital and underwent a CT scan, which revealed that he was suffering from a dangerous pulmonary embolism. Multiple blood clots had formed in his lungs.

“I was wearing my walking boot too tightly, which caused a clot to form in my leg that eventually moved to my lungs. It was really scary because I could have died if the clots broke.”

Daniel was placed on blood thinners and was monitored for 24 hours before being discharged home. His life is now back to normal thanks to the teams at The General.

Grateful for the level of care he received, Daniel decided to give back and fundraise in support of Hamilton General Hospital Foundation as a Strides For The General Patient Ambassador, along with three other grateful patients. Daniel is sharing his story to inspire community support for the event.

Hamilton General Hospital Foundation’s eighth annual Strides For The General, presented by Medtronic, will be held on Saturday, September 15 at Bayfront Park in Hamilton. The event features a 5K walk, timed 5K and 10K runs, complimentary breakfast and lunch, live music, participant medals, and prizes for top fundraisers and finishers. All proceeds will support Hamilton General Hospital, including the Regional Rehabilitation Centre.

Thanks to the tremendous support of participants and event sponsors, past proceeds from Strides For The General have purchased more than 60 pieces of essential equipment, directly benefiting patients today. As a leading teaching hospital, it is also important to ensure that the latest equipment is available for the education of future medical practitioners.

Building on last year’s success, the event has set a goal to raise a minimum of $150,000. Since 2011, the event has grossed more than $940,000 with the goal of exceeding $1 million in total donations in 2018.

Both individuals and teams are encouraged to participate in the event. All participants who register by August 31 will receive an early-bird registration discount.

To register and fundraise visit:

Note: Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Those wishing to sponsor or donate prizes may contact Milaina Wright at 905-521-2100 ext. 76787 or


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.

Media Contact:

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