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“The pressure on his brain almost killed him”

On the verge of dying nearly five years ago, the difference in Jackson Harris’ life between then and now is like night and day according to mom, Sara.  It was the pressure on Jackson’s brain that triggered the excruciating headaches and vomiting that ultimately resulted in a life-changing trip to McMaster Children’s Hospital’s Emergency Department in December 2011.

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A Small Cut Becomes a Battle for Life Itself

How did it get to this? Tashmina and Clive Hall of Carlisle wondered as they sat beside their eight-year-old son Isaac in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of McMaster Children’s Hospital in 2011. Due to a serious infection, Isaac was dangerously close to losing his foot – and a lot more.

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28 Broken Bones

November 22, 2014 was supposed to be a happy day for then 18-year-old Michèle Crosby of Welland. It was her mother’s birthday and they were looking forward to a nice celebration. Read more

Persistence in Screening Conquers Cancer

When Donna Johnson of Ohsweken visited her family doctor in October of 2012, she had no inkling that her life was at a crossroads. Read more

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“It Happened So Fast”: A Stroke Patient’s Journey of Survival and Recovery

Steve Pudsey of Burlington was driving in August of 2015 when he began to experience difficulty controlling the vehicle. Read more

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Mother and Daughter Breast Cancer Survivors Grow Cloves for a Cause

It runs in the family. As the mother-daughter team operating Ballantrae Garlic Farm in Caledonia, Paula Willinsky and Sarah Freeman have a lot in common. They both have a passion for the numerous varieties of garlic they grow; they share a deep respect for nature and sustainable farming; and they are also both breast cancer survivors. Read more

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2015 Donor Report Stories

To learn more about the patients featured in our 2015 Donor Report, click on the links below:

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Sprained Ankle Leads to Brain Injury

When Dave Nash sprained his ankle while playing volleyball, it seemed like nothing more than a minor injury. Little did he know that this injury would lead to a rare brain disorder. Read more

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Resilience in Remission

Sarah was always active as a swimmer, soccer player, track star and dancer. However, she started losing muscle tone at age 11. Read more