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Lazuline’s Story

Jesse Borden

Hi. I’m Lazuline. I’m a chair — that’s right, a chair. Not just any old chair though; I’m a hemodialysis chair. I’m adjustable, reclinable, washable, movable and I like to think I’m a big part of the Grand River Hospital Renal Clinic. After all, me and my fellow chairs are in use 6,200 hours per year and I’m part of every in-centre dialysis patient’s life.  Take Laura, for instance. For the last four years, three days a week, Laura drives from Elmira to sit on me. (I do have a great spot by the window.) We spend 3–4 hours together...

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A Minha História

Paul Amaral

Like many Portuguese immigrants to Waterloo Region, my history, my story is similar to others in that where we are now, is so different than when we first arrived in Canada.    My dad Miguel Amaral arrived alone in Canada in 1954 from the Azores Islands to provide a better life for his family back home.  That included my mom Lileana and my siblings Rick, Chris and Venilia.  I hadn't arrived on the scene yet.   From Newfounland, to the farms of Quebec to the railroads of British Columbia, Miguel had worked and traveled many places before calling Kitchener home in 1964. ...

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Ice Cream. Ice Cream. We all help with Ice Cream!

Paul McIntyre Royston

We are so excited to share that we at the Grand River Hospital Foundation and Four All Ice Cream are delighted to introduce our new collaboration and creation of a summer ice cream, in honour of the front line health care workers.  Handcrafted, locally sourced and dubbed, Our Heroes Eat Ice Cream, the flavour features lemon, lavender and blueberry. Proceeds from the sales from the ice cream will be donated to to support the health care workers at Grand River through the Blue Ribbon Fund. These are the special connections to our community that Grand River Hospital is all about -...

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SAVA Club's Legacy and Support

Paul McIntyre Royston

On a warm Sunday in June, I was able to visit the SAVA Club for a special celebration for an incredible gift from the Board of Directors.  The SAVA Club is shorthand for the Slovenian Cultural Association which started in 1962. Joining me were Dr. Glick and Sara Kaune, Clinical Manager.  The Sava Club's gift of $10,000 is dedicated to cancer treatment for our patients in the Grand River Cancer Centre.  The gift is in recognition that their members, families, friends and acquaintances have been the beneficiaries of the Cancer Centre's kind and compassionate care.  They also provided an equivalent gift to our...

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Maple (Re) Leaf

Paul McIntyre Royston

Connect to the Maple Leaf for Mental Health You can now support Mental Health at Grand River Hospital for both Children and Adults while adding a little flare to your garden through the brand-new Maple (Re) Leaf initiative.  Maple (Re) Leaf is a Canada-wide art installation to raise funds for Mental Health programs and services in communities across the country, including right here in Kitchener, Waterloo & Cambridge. As the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to take a toll on all of our mental health and emotional wellbeing, there’s never been a better time to take part in this new initiative....

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