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Stories

Merrick MacKay

Merrick MacKay

“I had an amazing pregnancy and a great delivery,” recalls Stephanie Bourgon, mom to two-and-a-half year old Merrick MacKay. After Merrick was born everything seemed to be going great but after Merrick turned seven months he experienced his first seizure, followed by others.

Katherine Simpson

Katherine Simpson

Katherine Simpson was born at 32 and a half weeks gestation via C-section at the IWK. Immediately upon birth the care team recognized several abnormalities in her – Katherine had one ear different than the other, her chin was small and she had 12 toes.

Jayda Williamson

Jayda Williamson

In March 2017, Jayda — an athletic and active then eleven-year-old — became ill with a fever and started vomiting. The next day when she began wheezing, Jayda’s parents, Lisa and Brent, rushed her to the IWK emergency department.

Cooper Thornton

Cooper Thornton

In September, 2016, then six-year old Cooper Thornton was diagnosed with a brain tumour at his local hospital in Fredericton, NB. Two days later his family travelled from their home to the IWK where Cooper was admitted. Here, they met with the IWK’s neurosurgery team and learned that Cooper had a tumour the size of a small orange. He would need surgery.

Celebrating 15 Years of Fuel the Care

Celebrating 15 Years of Fuel the Care

Fifteen years ago an idea was sprung at Irving Oil - one that would greatly impact the lives of Maritime patients who rely on the IWK. It was called ‘Fuel the Care’ and since its inception it has been making life a little easier for the many families who travel to the IWK for care and treatment.

 

Team Crossley

Team Crossley

Going the distance for the IWK

When Cole Harbour, NS father-daughter team Brad and Alexis Crossley decided to enter the Trans Am Bike Race, they saw the US cross-country race as a platform they could use to encourage others to live an active lifestyle by raising funds for the IWK Health Centre.

Ava MacNeill

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.

Jacob Gardner

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.

Skylar Côté

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. Let’s meet her now…

Tesa Ramsay

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.  

Emma Elliott

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.

Zaccari

Zaccari

Born with a rare kidney disease, three-year-old Zaccari is in stage 4 renal failure. When the day comes that Zaccari can be put on the transplant list the IWK will be there to care for him every step of his journey. Let’s meet this brave little boy.

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