We’re so thankful to our many friends and neighbours who support St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Everyone has their own reason for wanting to help St. Joe’s provide the best health care possible. Read to learn the stories.
Community Leaders keeping the Promise
Ride as Warriors
Jonathan Laceda has been riding his bike since he was a kid. His bike is part of who he is… just like St. Joe’s, where he has worked for more than 30 years. “St. Joe’s holds a special place in my life. I grew up here and consider this home,” he says. “My children were all born here and my coworkers are my family.” “I grew up at St. Joe’s and consider this home.” This year, Jonathan’s two passions will…
West End Warrior Stories
Georgia, 9, and Helen, 11, are all set for a busy summer. They are taking the West End Warrior Challenge because they want to support those on the frontlines at St. Joe’s. “Our mom is a paramedic so she has been helping keep everyone safe during COVID-19,” says Helen. “We want to do what we can for everyone like her at St. Joe’s because it’s our hospital—it’s where we have always gone when we were sick and our mom was…
Afrim Pristine connects cause and community as a St. Joe’s Foundation board member
The Cheese Boutique is a west-end landmark. Learn how co-owner and Foundation board member Afrim Pristine supports St. Joe’s.
Local restaurant owner is helping make cardiac care more comfortable
A big thank you to local business owner Adrian Ruzycky for giving back to our community.
Salah Bachir responds to the needs in our community
Salah Bachir is a dialysis patient at St. Joe’s and one of our strongest supporters. Thanks to his efforts, St. Joe’s now has the beautiful new Bachir Yerex Family Dialysis Centre.
Grateful neighbours keeping the Promise
Hans Koehle thanks St. Joe’s with a gift 60 years later
St. Joe’s helped Hans Koehle when he broke his neck diving into the shallow waters of Lake Ontario 60 years ago.
This year, on my birthday in October, I decided to honour both: the woman who gave birth to me, and the people who cared for her at the end of her life.
“My pinky promise renews my support that started over 10 years ago.”
Randy Cousins, like so many of our donors, give back in thanks for the care that a loved one received at St. Joe’s. Randy is not only a generous donor, he’s also a St. Joe’s Foundation board member. Learn why Randy is committed to supporting St. Joe’s.
A legacy of thanks
When my 89 year old father was taken to St. Joe’s in 2004 and diagnosed with terminal colorectal cancer, the compassion and support given to him was truly wonderful before being finally transferred to the palliative care unit at St. Michael’s hospital.
“Supporting my community.”
Lachlan MacQuarrie lives in our west-end community with his wife and two daughters. While his family has used the CIBC Just for Kids Clinic, Lachlan’s main connection to St. Joe’s is through his involvement in supporting the hospital – not just as a donor but as a volunteer.
Get Inspired By Patients
Patient traveled 1,200 miles for life-saving care
When Rainer David went to his Thunder Bay pharmacist for trouble breathing, who could not have imagined the journey ahead of him.
“My babies were born too early.”
When Jennifer’s two beautiful daughters were born in May 2018, Harper was just over four pounds, but Stella just over two. They were six weeks early.