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2019-20 Thank Q Report

The 2019-20 Annual Report will be available for download on September 22nd. 

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Mary and Fred’s Gift to the QEH NICU

Wo He Lo Family Connections

Mary (nee Hyndman) Laflamme has a lifelong connection to Wo He Lo.

Wo He Lo is a group of approximately twenty-five women who fund raise to support PEI’s smallest and most fragile infants and their families who need care at the QEH.

Mary’s mother, the late Etta Hyndman, was a member for more than 40 years and, like many other Wo He Lo members, Mary followed in her mother’s footsteps and enthusiastically joined when the opportunity presented itself.

“I knew all about Wo He Lo as a child and would help serve tea when meetings were held in our home,” says Laflamme. “While living in Kingston, Ontario for more than 23 years, I received regular updates about the clothing sales and other events as they raised funds for costly equipment.”

“When I retired and returned to PEI, one of the first things I did was join Wo He Lo,” says Mary. “It’s been such a rewarding and thoughtful way to help families in need. We work as a team all year long and especially during the two clothing sales which have always been very successful.” 

“Wo He Lo is continuing to help the QEH neonatal ICU, despite the cancellation of this year’s spring and fall clothing sales, due to Covid-19,” adds Laflamme. “We are confident we can raise enough to purchase the new Giraffe Omnibed that costs $72,000. To date, we have raised $53,000.”

Her husband, Fred, says their family is committed to helping the QEH. They had a major scare early in the summer when Mary had a very serious anaphylactic reaction and was rushed to the QEH Emergency Department.

“She received such outstanding care and coincidentally it was around the same time we were mailed our tax-free Old Age Security (OAS) payments from the Canadian government,” says Fred. “As fate would have it, I had just helped create a volunteer group with some old school chums, called “SeniorsGivingBack”.

“The premise for the formation of our group was that 6.7 million seniors across Canada would each soon be receiving $300.00 (tax free) from the Canadian Government. We argued some would need the money to help get through the Covid-induced rough patch but that there would also be many who would not require the Fed’s tax free gift as their living expenses had actually declined. (Cancelled travel plans, fewer dinners out, reduced entertainment costs etc). What an opportune time to make a donation to the charity of their choice with “free” money. And, any donation will result in a tax credit next spring. Mary and I decided to take our two tax free Federal payments and gift them to the QEH under the auspices of SeniorsGivingBack, http://SeniorsGivingBack.org. It was a painless and ideal way to recognize staff and their commitment to Mary’s care while benefiting a cause precious to all Islanders.”

“In light of the fundraising challenges facing Wo He Lo due to Covid-19, Mary and I would encourage PEI residents and especially seniors who may find the $300.00 a dispensable gift at this time, to consider donating it in whole or in part to the QEH Foundation in the name of Wo He Lo by visiting their website, www.qehfoundation.pe.ca/wohelo/. Your gift will make a lasting impression where it’s needed most!”

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For more information, please contact:

Helen Chapman, Director of Communications and Donor Relations

QEH Foundation

(902) 894-2432/902-394-3973

hpchapman@ihis.org

www.qehfoundation.pe.ca

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Donations fund $1.5 million CT Simulator to support Island cancer patients

Donations fund $1.5 million CT Simulator to support Island cancer patients – July 4th

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation is pleased to share that with donor support the $1.5 million needed for the purchase of a new CT Simulator for the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre at the QEH has been met.

Ed Lawlor, Chair of the QEH Foundation Board, said that reaching this milestone, especially during this challenging time of COVID-19, is a testament to the generosity of the Foundation’s loyal donors.

“I would like to extend special gratitude to our dedicated individuals, volunteers, groups and partners in the business community who supported our Friends for Life campaign. We are also grateful to have received tremendous support from our dedicated telethon donors even though the 2020 QEH/Eastlink Telethon had to be cancelled.”

Of the approximate 1,000 Islanders that will be diagnosed with cancer this year, half will require some type of radiation treatment. The new CT Simulator will provide high-quality images that will allow health care professionals to more clearly identify the exact location, shape, and size of the tumour to be treated.

QEH Radiation Oncologist and Head of Radiation Oncology, Dr. Larry Pan, says the work of the Foundation and its donors is instrumental in making world-class cancer care a reality on the Island.

“The diagnosis of cancer is devastating enough, so for a cancer patient to need to temporarily relocate to receive radiation treatments would not optimally meet the needs of Islanders. Having access to care close to home is paramount to providing the best care and outcome for patients while ensuring the highest quality of life possible,” says Pan. “We don’t want just basic cancer care — we want the best possible care with modern state-of-the-art equipment. Together we are making this happen on the Island. Soon we can do even better with a new CT Simulator.”

The QEH Foundation Board and staff gratefully acknowledge the heartfelt community support behind this fundraising success and look forward to the arrival of the new CT Simulator at the QEH in the coming months.

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For more information, contact:
Helen Chapman, Director Communications and Donor Relations
902-894-2432
hpchapman@ihis.org

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Donations fund $1.5 million CT Simulator to support Island cancer patients – July 4th

CHARLOTTETOWN – The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation is pleased to share that with donor support the $1.5 million needed for the purchase of a new CT Simulator for the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre at the QEH has been met.

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