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A Message From Our CEO Pearl Veenema

I wanted to take the time to share some updates with you. Never before has the issue of health and health care been so front and centre as with the current COVID-19 situation. The entire health care system is working hard to keep our communities healthy and safe. The dedicated teams at Hamilton Health Sciences are on the front lines of this crisis – and we are thankful for all of their tireless efforts. Now more than ever, It’s Vital to Care.

Raynham wears a Walmart vest and stands next to a sign with her photo and story on it.

A New Champion

Raynham McArthur is our 2020 Children’s Miracle Network Champion.

Dr. Kathy Georgiades smiles for a photo.

Improving Mental Health

An alarming number of children and youth in Canada are struggling with challenges related to mental health, and Dr. Kathy Georgiades is aiming to improve their outcomes.

Two phots of Desirae. One in 2014 and the other in 2019.

Dramatic Developmental Growth

Desirae’s diagnosis was devastating, but nothing could have prepared her family for what lay ahead.

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The Foundation Recognized as “High Performer” by AHP

We are honoured to be recognized once again as one of 10 “High Performer” health care foundations in Canada by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP).

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Preschooler Conquers Cystic Fibrosis and Cancer

At the age of three weeks, Maddie began more than a year of testing and monitoring with genetic specialists. This led to an official diagnosis of cystic fibrosis. Blood work led to another shocking diagnosis – leukemia.

Stephanie Hickey & Iris smile for a photo.

Suffering a Stroke While Pregnant

Stephanie Hickey suddenly lost strength on the left side of her body. The 34-year-old from Hamilton was six-months pregnant, and the safety of her unborn child was foremost on her mind as her limp body began to collapse.

Clinical Leader Lindsay Bray, Clinical Manager Susan Nall and Occupational Therapist Kimberly Carey Williams point to a augmentative communication device.

Technology Talks

The Technology Access Clinic at Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre provides augmentative and alternative communication devices for patients who are unable to speak or write.

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.