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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 donors 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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Siena Bjurstrom, IWK Patient

Siena Bjurstrom

“We moved into the IWK on Mother’s Day 2018,” said Randa Crawford, mom to one-year old Siena Bjurstrom. That was the day she and her partner Dean Bjurstrom learned their baby girl had cancer.

Brooklynn Gray, IWK Patient

Brooklynn Gray

“Brooklynn’s first words were Dada followed by Momma,” recounts her mom Vanessa Farmer. Like so many other families, Brooklynn’s parents watched as their beautiful little girl hit many of the expected toddler milestones. First she crawled, then she started to talk, and then walk.

Hope Ford, IWK Patient

Hope Ford

Hope from New Waterford, Cape Breton was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was two – a condition that affects her muscle strength and her ability to eat food. In June 2018, at the age of seven, the IWK continues to be there for every step of her health care journey.

Michael Rumsby, IWK Patient

Michael Rumsby

Michael Rumsby is no stranger to the IWK Telethon for Children. We first met this incredible young man in 2011 when he was battling a brain tumour. Now in remission, Michael is studying engineering and continues to give back to the place that saved his life.

Brennan and Liam Callaghan, IWK Patients

Brennan and Liam Callaghan

Twin brothers Brennan & Liam Callaghan of Stratford, Prince Edward Island were born at only 28 weeks. They spent four months in the IWK’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to receive the highly specialized care they needed to grow and survive. Let’s meet these tenacious brothers.