Meet Generous Donors

Laura and Mark Vieira

From loss comes hope as Laura and Mark Vieira honour their late parents at their wedding. 

“We feel like everyone has been impacted by cancer in one way or another and our parents were such giving people. It was important for us to do something in honour of our parents.”
-- Mark Vieira

It was a beautiful summer day on July 2, 2016 when Laura and Mark Vieira said ‘I do’ in front of family, friends and their two-year-old daughter, Isla.

“When I saw Laura walking down the aisle, it was just one of the best moments of my life. It was just a…


As the presenting partner, we are pleased to welcome you to London’s premier event, Tastings, in support of London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC). It has been an honour to be directly involved in this spectacular event. We look forward to seeing you there on May 3.

 Jon Seabrook, CIBC Private Wealth Management:
“My wife Krista and I have witnessed firsthand how our support for LHSC has made an impact to those in need. We have chosen to financially support a number of key initiatives within LHSC that have fostered investments…

Jan Oates

Jan Oates

Volunteer. Donor. Health care advocate. Jan Oates is all these things and so much more.

Jan began working as a kindergarten teacher straight after high school, working hard to achieve her post-secondary education while she taught.

She had 36 years of teaching experience when she retired at 54; sadly, it was at that time that her husband died of a heart condition.

Reeling from her loss and needing a change of pace, Jan began volunteering in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at University Hospital, where she generously contributed her time and passion for almost…

Ken Walmsley

Ken Walmsley

Good friends Dan Gushe and Ken Walmsley not only worked together at 3M, they also shared the same birthday. Sadly, Dan died at age 42 from prostate cancer. For years, Ken, who is an avid curler, pondered a bonspiel that would both honour his friend and make a difference in combatting the disease that took him all too early in life.

On March 4, almost 35 years after Dan's passing, that “Curl for Prostate Cancer” bonspiel took place at the London Curling Club.

It was a total success,” says Ken. “Way above any expectations I might have had at the start of it all.”


The Pooley family and the Translational Ovarian Cancer Research Team

Gary Pooley & Family

Gary Pooley had made the drive from his home in Waterloo to London Health Sciences Centre many times. A sense of worry and stress would always pervade these drives when his wife Karen was receiving treatment for late-stage ovarian cancer.

However, when he was making the drive last November with his daughter Lisa and son David, he felt a renewed sense of hope – a feeling he hadn’t experienced much since Karen passed away three years prior.

On that particular day, they were driving to meet with the Translational Ovarian Cancer Research Team at London Regional Cancer Program (…

Alex Rowe presents large cheque to the Act Now program at LHSC.

Alex Rowe

In January of 2014, 17- year -old Alex Rowe decided to do something a bit different for her upcoming 18th birthday. “Birthdays are my thing,” Alex says. “My mom always made a huge deal out of mine and my sisters’ birthdays. I would always have one party with my school friends and one party with my sports friends.”

But for this particular year, Alex wanted her birthday to have a big impact. Rather than receiving gifts, she asked her friends and family to bring a toonie to her birthday party. Alex’s plan was to raise donations in honour of her parents, who were both undergoing cancer…


Dr. Marcelo Kremenchutzky & Danine Pike-Kremenchutzky

World-renowned physician-scientist donates $500,000 to support targeted lung cancer therapy research

During his 20-year career at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), Dr. Marcelo Kremenchutzky has become one of Canada’s leading experts in multiple sclerosis (MS). As Chapman Chair in Clinical MS Research at LHSC, Dr. Kremenchutzky has served thousands of patients and their families, trained countless physicians and researchers, and conducted research that is respected the world over – but now, he is also relying on the care of one of his colleagues at LHSC to be able to continue his work…

Renal Blue Jeans Days

Blue Jeans Day at the Renal Care Centre in Westmount began more than two years ago as a way of fundraising for the Renal Care Patient Assistance Fund. Staff members make a donation every Friday to wear jeans to work and they wear stickers, host raffles, sell homemade goods and find various ways to contribute to the fund. 

The Renal Care Patient Assistance Fund is completely donor-supported. It helps many patients pay for unexpected short-term costs, such as certain medications not covered by insurance, emergency living expense, transportation to dialysis treatment, and other costs…

Siskinds the Law Firm

Siskinds is getting into the spirit of the county fair, the theme of this year’s Country Classic Auction (CCA)! We "Pop It Like It’s Hot" to spread the word. If you don’t know Snoop Dogg’s original, "Drop It Like It’s Hot", no need to see it - our version is more fun! 

Picture: Every year, Siskinds blends business with pleasure and attends CCA. Lawyers, Amanda Shaw, Madeleine McKinnon and Vivian Lui get into the spirit at the 2016 event.  

Siskinds has been…

Brent and Marilyn Kelman

Brent and Marilyn Kelman understand the importance of philanthropy in our health care system and are helping to attract and train the next generation of minimally invasive surgeons.

“I got to understand what donations could do for the improvement of health care.”
-- Brent and Marilyn Kelman

Terry Fletcher

Prostate cancer survivor Terry Fletcher and his wife Sheila support leading-edge cancer research at LHSC and have a message for men who may be nervous about prostate cancer screening.

“Donors support research and research saves lives.”
-- Terry Fletcher

Paul and Barb Hebert

Paul and Barb Hebert turned unimaginable loss into incredible dedication to prevent other families from enduring similar heartbreak.

“Being the parent of a child suffering from mental illness is heartbreaking.”
-- Paul and Barb Hebert

Kirk and JoAnne Baines

Kirk and JoAnne Baines are dedicated to supporting our Hospital and the amazing people who work here, but also the community as a whole.

“We want to help them on their journey.”
-Kirk and JoAnne Baines

Bob and Janet McCaig

Bob and Janet McCaig made a truly inspirational $1 million gift to enhance the delivery of care for patients in the region and transform the future of local health care.

“The inspiration to give comes from the understanding that there is a need.”
-- Bob and Janet McCaig


Terrence Donnelly

Philanthropist Terrence Donnelly’s impact on health care in London and throughout Southwestern Ontario is nothing short of extraordinary.

On June 30, 2014, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced 86 new appointments to the Order of Canada - including philanthropist Terrence Donnelly, whose impact on health care in London and throughout Southwestern Ontario is nothing short of extraordinary.

When the 10-storey, state-of-the art North Tower at London Health Sciences Centre's (LHSC) Victoria Hospital opened on September 27, 2011, it became…


John and Lorraine Yeoman

The loss of a child, an unexpected quadruple bypass surgery and a breast cancer diagnosis might be too much for some couples to bear – but not for John and Lorraine Yeoman.
Life is a series of moments - some out of control, some thoughtfully planned out; some seemingly inconsequential, some heart breaking - and it is how you react and respond to those moments that can inspire a community.

The loss of a child before her prime, an unexpected quadruple bypass surgery and a breast cancer diagnosis might be too much for some couples to bear. However, for…