A Dedicated Team Shapes the Future of Cancer Care One Run/Walk at a Time

A Dedicated Team Shapes the Future of Cancer Care One Run/Walk at a Time

Earlier this month, we celebrated the 7th Annual Run/Walk for Grand River Regional Cancer Centre. This year, Rich Peers and his team raised an incredible $12,560, bringing their cumulative grand total to $60,150 for local cancer care!

“I can’t think of a better place to fundraise for, and I know we all have a connection [to the cancer centre] and a commitment to see this hospital do well,” Rich said of his team and why they come together each fall to fundraise with this annual event.

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The May Court Club of KW Makes Christmas Dreams Come True

The May Court Club of KW Makes Christmas Dreams Come True

The May Court Club of Kitchener-Waterloo is celebrating the holidays with its 31st Annual Christmas Dreams Fundraising Raffle at Conestoga Mall. This year, this signature fundraiser will support KidsAbility, Make-A-Wish, Grand River Hospital Postpartum Wellness and May Court Club Projects.

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John’s Story: A Legacy of Community-Centred Culture and Care

John’s Story: A Legacy of Community-Centred Culture and Care

At the core of every world class community are people who care — people who care about the work they do, the community they live in and the chance to make a meaningful difference. In our community, every single person has the ability to profoundly affect our future for the better. When you leave a gift in your Will to a cause or organization you care about deeply, you leave a legacy that will help ensure a vibrant future right here for all of us.

Grand River Hospital is one of the many causes (Rev.) John Lougheed has chosen to support with a gift in his Will. As a retired Director of the Spiritual Care Department, Grand River Hospital is an organization that remains close to John’s heart, particularly because of the way holistic and spiritual care are woven into the hospital’s culture and community.

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Delicious Snacks Supporting Grand River Kids? Donut Mind If I Do

Delicious Snacks Supporting Grand River Kids? Donut Mind If I Do

On Saturday, November 12th, Play-A-Latte Cafe in Kitchener is supporting BiblioTake by hosting a donut fundraiser to help provide world class care for babies and families at Grand River Hospital. Donuts are made fresh every morning, and $4 from every 6 pack of donuts purchased will be donated to BiblioTake.

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Get in the Holiday Spirit and Volunteer!

Get in the Holiday Spirit and Volunteer!

Busy shoppers will appreciate our holiday gift wrapping volunteers! From Monday, December 5th to Saturday, December 24th, we need your help at our gift wrapping store at Conestoga Mall. Net proceeds will be donated to the children's program at Grand River Hospital, known as Grand River Kids, which helps kids in our community through accidents, illnesses, ongoing treatment and mental health care.   

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How One Fund Changes Everything for Local Cancer Patients

How One Fund Changes Everything for Local Cancer Patients

A little help can go a long way when we show up for one another in times of need, and each of us has the power to make a meaningful difference for people undergoing cancer care in our community.

Every day, 300 cancer patients come to Grand River Regional Cancer Centre for care — that's more than 100,000 patient visits every year! The Cancer Care and Compassion Fund helps cancer patients overcome financial barriers, so they can afford the costs related to treatment and never have to choose between paying for their treatment and buying basic necessities like groceries.

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Giving Grand River’s NICU Babies the Chance to Be Champions

Giving Grand River’s NICU Babies the Chance to Be Champions

Spending time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Grand River Hospital can be a challenging experience for babies and their families – that’s why the Sandra Schmirler Foundation is committed to giving them the chance to be champions.

Inspired by Sandra Schmirler, a Canadian Olympian and curling champion who passed away from cancer at the young age of 36, the Sandra Schmirler Foundation raises funds to purchase life-saving equipment for premature and critically ill babies in Canada. Their goal is to give these babies the chance to grow up, so they have the opportunity to live a full life and even become champions like Sandra. Their generous gift of $50,000 funded two GE CARESCAPE ONE cardiorespiratory monitors for Grand River Kids’ neonatal intensive care unit at Grand River Hospital.

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Celebrate Your Commitment to the Future of Care With a Pin

Celebrate Your Commitment to the Future of Care With a Pin

Walking the streets of our community or through the halls at Grand River Hospital, you may have crossed paths with someone sporting a lotus pin. "What’s that all about?" you may have wondered to yourself.

These are the pins of Grand River Hospital and specifically those who support the hospital and our local health system. Collectively, they are a symbol of our community’s dedication to the future of health care right here.

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Scottie Turns Three! Celebrate With Support for Scotland's Yard

Scottie Turns Three! Celebrate With Support for Scotland's Yard

On October 4th, Scotland (better known as Scottie), the young girl who inspired Scotland’s Yard, turned three! In celebration of this milestone, we wanted to share more about the ways this incredible group is enhancing children’s cancer care in Waterloo Region with the help of our leaders at Grand River Hospital and how you can join them in pursuit of their mission so more children like Scottie can be cared for right here in our community.

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Why One Volunteer Was Inspired to Give Back at Grand River Hospital

Why One Volunteer Was Inspired to Give Back at Grand River Hospital

Nancy Murray has been a volunteer at Grand River Hospital for about six years now, but her passion for health care began much earlier on in her life. Growing up, she was inspired by a family friend she looked up to who worked as a nurse. In particular, Nancy was captivated by her unique brooch-style watch, which was pinned upside down on her nursing uniform so she could easily look down and read it while helping patients. 

“As a child, I remember her watch and her white uniform and her hat, and she’d say, ‘Well I need that watch [so] I can tell if people’s hearts [are] working okay.’ And that’s what inspired me. I wanted to be a nurse,” Nancy recalled. “She was thrilled when she found out I was doing the volunteering at the hospital.”

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Enhance Patient Experience and Promote Good Mental Health as a HELP Volunteer

Enhance Patient Experience and Promote Good Mental Health as a HELP Volunteer

The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) at Grand River Hospital is a specialized volunteer program that support older adults during their hospital stay. Volunteers enhance patient experience and help prevent patients from developing delirium by engaging in friendly visiting, offering activities like word puzzles or board games that keep the brain active, encouraging walking and gentle range of motion exercise, providing meal assistance and promoting healthy sleep routines and options for relaxation techniques. It is a particularly great volunteer opportunity for those who are pursuing a career in health care, but anyone 18 years old or older who is compassionate, reliable and can work independently is welcome!

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