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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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Skylar Côté, IWK Patient

Skylar Côté

“Mom and Dad, what do people see when they look at me?” It sounds like a simple question but for parents Marcel and Jill Côté, it was life-changing. It was the day they celebrated the birth of their daughter Skylar.

Jacob Gardner, IWK Patient

Jacob Gardner

It was only one year ago that 19-year old Jacob Gardner kept himself locked in his room for fear something bad would happen. A diagnosis of obsessive compulsive disorder helped him gain back control of his life. Here is his story of bravery and strength.

Emma Elliott, IWK Patient

Emma Elliott

Last September, 19-year-old Emma Elliott was just starting university when she began to spiral out of control. Her anxiety and substance abuse took hold of her life and resulted in her being hospitalized. Here is her courageous story.

Ava MacNeill, IWK Patient

Ava MacNeill

Diagnosed with leukemia three years ago, the IWK has become 10-year-old Ava’s home away from home. This is a story of strength, courage and the power of friendship.

Tesa Ramsay, IWK Patient

Tesa Ramsay

When 17-year-old Tesa Ramsay learned she had Crohn’s disease and juvenile arthritis she was determined not to let it end her passion for dancing. Thanks to the care she received from the IWK and her local hospital, she continues to soar across the stage. Let’s meet this inspiring young lady.