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Meet Our Heroes

IWK Heroes

Meet some of our IWK heroes— courageous patients, exceptional caregivers and generous supporters— who know the value of the IWK to the Maritime community. They inspire us to ensure the IWK can continue providing the specialized care it's known for every day.

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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.

Rory Pinkham, IWK patient

Rory Pinkham

Rory Pinkham is an incredible nine-year-old who lives in Summerside PEI. She has a wonderful family that surrounds her including her mom, dad and younger sister and brother. Rory has a smile that can light up any room, but her life has not been easy when it comes to her health. 

Addison Fisher, IWK patient

Addison Fisher

In the fall of 2019, Addison Fisher’s mother, Sarah, began noticing that her daughter seemed to be more accident prone than other kids her age. She didn’t understand why Addison was getting injured so easily.