Healing With Horses: The Value of Connection

Healing With Horses: The Value of Connection

Experiencing mental illness as a child or youth can be an unsteadying experience, and the care they need extends far beyond the walls of the hospital. Community involvement and connection are important parts of recovery, which is where incredible community-centred programs like Propel come in.

Grand River Hospital’s Propel program connects patients with community organizations where they can build healthy, rewarding relationships, learn new skills and connect with like-minded individuals, all while regaining their confidence and self-esteem. One of Propel’s longest-standing community partners is Conestogo River Horseback Adventures, a local stable that provides the opportunity to be in a fun, safe environment with horses.

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Annual Run/Walk Fundraises to Ensure the Best Cancer Care Close to Home

Annual Run/Walk Fundraises to Ensure the Best Cancer Care Close to Home

2022 marks the seventh year Rich Peers and Team will be running or walking various distances to raise money for Grand River Regional Cancer Centre. Since 2016, they have raised an incredible total of over $47,600!

"Supporting our local cancer centre is very important to me," said Rich. "The care, compassion and attention my father received from staff during his final weeks is something I never take for granted."

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"I play 50/50 because I know it's a win for the hospital."

"I play 50/50 because I know it's a win for the hospital."

When we called Kim Cruise of Cambridge to let her know she had won Grand River Hospital Foundation's $10,545 50/50 jackpot, she cried for a few minutes.

"Oh my God. Couldn't have come at a better time," Kim told us. "I play 50/50 because I know it's a win for the hospital. My dad has chronic kidney failure and is in very serious condition, and he has been living with us since my mom passed away two years ago. Dr. Wong is amazing. I have bills. We're going to help our daughter with her PhD in Health Systems.” 

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2nd Annual Ryan Johnston Family & Friends Endowment Fund Charity Golf Tournament at Wildwinds Golf Links

2nd Annual Ryan Johnston Family & Friends Endowment Fund Charity Golf Tournament at Wildwinds Golf Links

The inaugural Ryan Johnston Family & Friends Endowment Fund Charity Golf Tournament successfully raised over $15,000 to assist young adult cancer patients at Grand River Regional Cancer Center last summer. Funds raised go towards critical care costs like medication, groceries and supplements, as well as iPads and entertainment devices for those with extended stays during their treatment journey. There are still a few golf spots remaining and sponsorship opportunities available for this year's tournament.

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Creating a Better Hospital Experience for Local Families

Creating a Better Hospital Experience for Local Families

Additional MRI services in Kitchener-Waterloo will have a positive and profound impact on patients and families in our community. The current wait time for an MRI is much too long, with only a single MRI machine serving our local hospitals. With the addition of two more MRI machines, patients will be able to receive their scans much sooner and without the need to travel between hospitals. This will not only improve patient care but also the quality of life for families who are struggling to cope with the long wait times and the uncertainty of awaiting a diagnosis or treatment options.

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The Beer Store's Retail Locations Across Kitchener-Waterloo Fundraise for Grand River

The Beer Store's Retail Locations Across Kitchener-Waterloo Fundraise for Grand River

From July 4th - August 28th, 2022, The Beer Store's retail locations in Kitchener, Waterloo, Elmira and New Hamburg are raising money for Grand River Hospital. When you return your empty bottles to one of The Beer Store locations below, you will be supporting Grand River. Customers who would like to make a monetary donation to support the hospital can also do so at these locations.

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Embarking on a Medical Outreach Trip to Zambia

Embarking on a Medical Outreach Trip to Zambia

I am always counting my blessings for my health and the ability to care for others. 

After being on the front line battling the COVID-19 pandemic, I will embark on a two-week medical tour with other Canadian medical professionals at the end of September to participate in Zambia Medical Outreach 2022 under International Needs Canada. Once on the ground in Zambia in the Muzabula area, the team will provide medical services in the Village Clinic at the ZACTS School for Orphans and Vulnerable Children.

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Scotland’s Yard Road Hockey Classic Drives Vision for Local Children’s Cancer Care Forward with Support from Professional Hockey Players

Scotland’s Yard Road Hockey Classic Drives Vision for Local Children’s Cancer Care Forward with Support from Professional Hockey Players

Grand River Hospital Foundation and Scotland’s Yard rally community support ahead of the first ever Scotland’s Yard Road Hockey Classic with the help of local NHL, OHL and professional players

KITCHENER, June 30, 2022 — Grand River Hospital Foundation today announced the launch of the Scotland’s Yard Road Hockey Classic silent auction, one of the many ways Grand River Hospital Foundation and Scotland’s Yard are encouraging community members to support the upcoming all-ages street hockey tournament.

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