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Trailblazers Together

Dr. David Briant and his wife Connie may seem, on the surface, like your average couple. But dig a bit deeper and you will uncover a love story rich with serendipity, adventure and discoveries.
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Harvey and Patricia Winney's Gift

“I remember sitting with Harvey in his later years when he turned to me and asked, ‘Honey, if we could afford it, do you think we could do something really nice for St. Mike’s?’” Harvey described the incredible care he received and recalled the hospital’s efficiency and impressive fiscal accountability. “There was nothing in St. Michael’s that wasn’t absolutely necessary for patients or doctors,” says Pat.
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Construction Milestone: Crane Removed

How do you remove the tallest freestanding construction crane in Ontario, the one standing in the middle of the almost completed Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower? By bringing in the second-tallest mobile construction crane in Canada.
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The Best Memories Are Never Forgotten

After all these years, Dr. Ivan Elkan still looks back on his time at St. Michael’s Hospital with fondness. A retired physician, he is eager to give back a portion of his fortune to the hospital to help bridge the gap between research and care, ensuring St. Michael’s continues to change lives by bringing breakthroughs to the bedside.
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Detecting Dementia and Alzheimer's Sooner

Using samples from the Human Eye Biobank for Research at St. Michael’s Hospital – a collection of human eye tissue that is available to researchers from around the world to study human eye and brain diseases – Dr. Neeru Gupta examined eye tissue in patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s, and control subjects. Her findings were astonishing: abnormal protein clusters existed in the eyes of many patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s; suggesting a biomarker – something that can be used to indicate the presence of disease – for dementia may in fact exist in the eyes.
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"Get Me to the Church On Time"

When Alan suffered a broken calf bone six months before his daughter’s wedding, he didn’t think he’d be walking her down the aisle on her big day.
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Something About Mary

Dr. Mary Papantony was truly a one-of-a-kind woman. Though she passed away following a long illness in July 2016, she lived a rich and storied life during her 86 years. Those who were fortunate to know her often joke that she had nine lives and lived each one of them to the fullest.
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Leaving a Legacy

My parents, Cecylia and Joseph, were born in Poland,” says Helena Wojs, “and were taken by the Nazis from their homeland during the Second World War to labor camps in Germany. As young people, their lives were hard but they both survived. They met after the war and were sponsored by two families to come to Canada, to Toronto, in 1948 to start a new life. After they died, I felt that I needed to leave some kind of a legacy, not just for myself, but especially in honour of both my parents, knowing that if I do, it will help the Hospital.
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Seared Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries

Seared brussels sprouts with sunflower butter and cranberries: tiny towers of flavour, these appetizers will fly off the plate. "You've never had brussels sprouts like this before. These appetizers are small but mighty. Each one is bursting with wholesome ingredients," says Dr. Jonathon Maguire.
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