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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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Kai Matthews

IWK BforKai Trust

Kai Matthews was only 19 years old when he tragically and suddenly passed away from meningitis B (MenB) on June 1st, 2021. MenB is a very serious bacterial infection. It is the most common and deadly strain of meningitis and can be fatal within 24 to 48 hours after the onset of symptoms.

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Thistledown Foundation

Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations (CCHF) and Children’s Healthcare Canada (CHC) were thrilled to announce a $26 million investment from the Thistledown Foundation to support Canada’s 13 acute care children’s hospitals across the country.

Claudie Comeau, IWK patient

Claudie Comeau

In May 2008, Claudie was only a month old when her parents, Christianne and Ronald, brought her to their local hospital because of a cold, fever and swollen belly.

Maci Martin, IWK patient

Caden Landry and Maci Martin

Sindi Lee, a mother of four children, knows all too well what it’s like to almost lose a child. Twice in her life, two of her four children have faced life-threatening emergencies and needed critical emergency care.

Elliana Snow, IWK patient

Elliana Snow

Baby Elliana and Baby Louella were born at 25 weeks to proud parents Rachal Deevey and Jesse Snow. Each baby weighed nearly two pounds and they were admitted to the IWK’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Both girls required support to help them breathe.