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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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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.

Eva Lee Girard-Gagne, IWK Patient

Eva Lee Girard-Gagne

At 18 months old, Eva Lee’s behavior changed virtually overnight.

She stopped talking, stopped using utensils and started using her hands to eat. Her parents initially thought her behavior was out of jealousy toward her new sibling, but her symptoms continued to worsen.

Hannah Dickinson, IWK patient

Hannah Dickinson

Hannah Dickinson from Hillsborough, New Brunswick knows the devastating impacts of mental illness. Living with an eating disorder for more than two years, Hannah and her family credits the IWK Health Centre with saving her life.

Mackenzie Allain, IWK Patient

Mackenzie Allain

When young Mackenzie bumped her head during a bout of the flu, the virus started to affect her body in an unusual way. As time went on, the symptoms of her flu infection seemed to worsen so her father brought her to the emergency department at the Georges Dumont Hospital in Moncton, NB.