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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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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.

Aiden MacDonald, IWK Patient

Aiden MacDonald

Aiden MacDonald of Antigonish, Nova Scotia knows the devastating impact of mental illness. Struggling with depression he credits the IWK’s Mental Health team with helping him turn his life around. This is Aiden’s story of strength and courage.

Viyan and Zeen Ali, IWK Patients

Viyan and Zeen Ali

When the Ali family fled war-torn Syria, they had two very sick little girls. Not only did the family find refuge in Halifax, but the IWK gave sisters Viyan and Zeen a new chance at life.

Van Bernard, IWK Patient

Van Bernard

When Van Bernard of Halifax, Nova Scotia was eight months old, his family noticed he was not growing like he should and his gross motor skills were not developing.

Joe Robichaud, CycleAbility Founder

CycleAbility Challenge

Do you remember the fun you had as a child riding your bike, and the sense of freedom it gave you? I sure do, because at the age of 12 I lost the ability to ride when I had to have my leg removed.