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Stories

Lauren Whiteway

Lauren Whiteway

In the summer of 2016, Lauren was referred to the IWK Emergency Department, where she was admitted to the Garron Centre for Child & Adolescent Mental Health. She was fighting a severe episode of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) which had brought absolute terror to everyday tasks.

Dorothy and Bill Grant

Dorothy and Bill Grant

Dorothy Grant and her husband Bill were devastated when their 11-year-old son David passed away as a result of a rare neurological disease. But today, almost 35 years later, David’s memory lives on at the IWK because of a legacy gift the Grant’s made in his honour.

Child Life

Child Life

The Child Life team at the IWK is made of Child Life specialists, a therapeutic clown named Buddington, and a music therapist who aim to make a patient’s experience at the IWK less stressful. Through therapeutic play and distraction techniques, the Child Life team helps prepare patients and their families for medical examinations or procedures that may be worrying them.

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…

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