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Meet Our Heroes

IWK Heroes

When you give to the IWK Foundation, you are helping to change the lives of the women, children and youth who depend on the IWK.

We are honoured to share the stories of courageous patients, amazing caregivers and generous supporters who know the value of the IWK to the Maritime community.

Meet some of the people who bring the IWK to life every day.

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Canon Beazley, IWK Patient

Canon Beazley

Canon’s journey with the IWK began in March 2021. Eleven-year-old Canon was experiencing severe stomach pain, so his parents decided to take him to the IWK. Over the next two days Canon underwent many tests and scans, where a mass was found on one of his kidneys.

Ethan Hackney, IWK patient

Ethan Hackney

When Ethan Hackney’s parents, Jenny and Paul, discovered that their two-week-old baby needed surgery for a common digestive issue, they never imagined it would be the best thing that’s ever happened to them. 

 Eli Tasiopoulos, IWK patient

Eli Tasiopoulos

Parents Meredith and George Tasiopoulos never expected their baby boy, Eli, would have to spend 12 days in the IWK’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit when he was born in September 2014.

Evander O’Connel, IWK patient

Evander O’Connell

When Frances Waterman-O’Connell was pregnant with her son, she and her husband David discovered after an ultrasound at eight weeks which showed a marker indicating something that was not presenting as normal development.  As weeks went by, Frances had regular check-ups and the r

Frankie Hartlen Côté, IWK patient

Frankie Hartlen Côté

Frankie Hartlen Côté’s IWK journey began even before Frankie was born, when the IWK cared for Frankie’s mom, Krysta. Krysta was admitted to the IWK just over two weeks prior to Frankie’s arrival.