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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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Erin Després and Elle Gray, IWK patients

Erin Després and Elle Gray

In February 2022, Erin Després and her partner, Chad Gray, welcomed a healthy and beautiful baby girl named Elle.

Ainsley McIsaac, IWK patient

Ainsley McIsaac

For first-time mom Stephanie McIsaac, the experience of pregnancy was new and a rollercoaster of emotions and physical changes like many first-time mom’s experiences.

Matthew LeBlanc, IWK Patient

Matthew LeBlanc

Twins Ben and Matthew LeBlanc were born prematurely, at 32 weeks, in 2012 and were immediately admitted to the IWK’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Ben did very well and was discharged after five weeks.

Leila Gashus, IWK donor and patient

Leila Gashus

Leila Gashus knows first-hand the impact of breast cancer because both her mother and daughter are breast cancer survivors. Because of her family’s history, Leila was diligent about routinely checking her breasts as she was nervous it would one day affect her as well.

TD staff answering phones for Telethon

TD Bank Group

TD Bank Group (TD) has been a longstanding member of the Children’s Miracle Network and a tremendous supporter of the IWK Foundation, making their first donation 32 years ago in 1990.