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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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Andrew Leitch, IWK Patient

Andrew Leitch

Can you imagine being so fearful of unknown germs that you became confined to your bed? Sadly, that was the reality for 18-year-old Andrew Leitch.

Ronda Bamanga, IWK Patient

Ronda Bamanga

We first met Ronda Bamanga on the IWK Telethon for Children on CTV in 2008. Born with an incurable blood disorder, this young man has faced a great deal of pain throughout his life. Despite his health challenges, he’s been able to find what truly brings him joy in life.

Charlotte teBogt, IWK Patient

Charlotte teBogt

Shortly after her one-month birthday, Charlotte teBogt was sent to the IWK Health Centre where she was diagnosed with two heart conditions. She underwent urgent surgery to help repair her heart function.

Cooper Semrau, IWK Patient

Cooper Semrau

After feeling very unwell last year, Cooper was referred to the IWK Health Centre where he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.

Alyssa Rose, IWK Patient

Alyssa Rose

After experiencing frequent headaches and blurry vision, Alyssa was diagnosed with a tumour on her brain stem that required a complex surgery. The support of her school and the IWK Health Centre's Child Life team helped give her strength as she began her IWK journey.