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Tarek’s story

Returning home one night after hosting his radio program, broadcaster Tarek Fatah could no longer feel his legs. His wife Nargis convinced him to take an ambulance to St. Michael’s Emergency.
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Tammy’s story

When 27-year-old Tammy Milgrom bent over to do laundry, she was suddenly in terrible pain and, in her words, her “back went out.” Disc L 4-5 in her spine had herniated, which meant there was a tear in the outer, fibrous ring allowing the soft, central portion to bulge out. Although emergency back surgery fixed the problem temporarily, the condition persisted and, despite two procedures, she was unable to walk or to move without excruciating back pain.
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Rachel's story

Rachel considered herself a pretty healthy person. She was active – going to the gym three times a week and enjoying a healthy diet. But now she was having a problem with her legs that had come out of nowhere.
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David's story

Even though David was only 58, he had severe osteoporosis for his age. He was shocked, since he thought he was in good health. Osteoporosis affects 2 million Canadians, including one in four women over the age of 50, and costs $1.9 billion a year to treat. This bone tissue disease increases the risk of hip, spine and wrist fractures.
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The Walkers' story

On May 2, 2012, my husband Eric and I sat anxiously in the office of world-renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Michael Cusimano. It was time to receive news regarding my husband. I will never forget this moment, as we never anticipated what we were about to hear. My husband was diagnosed with a very complex brain aneurysm, and the possibilities were scary.
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In Honour of Mother's Day

Donate to St. Michael's in honour of your Mom and send a Mother's Day ecard. Just like Mom, St. Michael's is looking out for your family's health. Whether you or a family member were born here, or treated at St. Michael's, your mom will be honoured, and your donation will help the hospital continue to deliver inspired care to patients.
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Anne & David's story

Anniversary and birthday gifts to each other are no longer a challenge for David and Ann Patterson. "When we realized we had done enough ties, books and spa certificates, we decided to mark each special occasion with a gift of a charitable donation."
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Stephen’s story

Mom, I’ve decided to stop receiving treatments.” Those are shattering words for any parent to hear.
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Imagine Being Awake During an Operation

Imagine being awake during an operation. Now imagine it’s brain surgery. No, it’s not a story by Stephen King. It’s an “awake craniotomy,” a procedure performed this past March at St. Michael’s by the latest recruit to our Neurosurgery team, Dr. Sunit Das.
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Tony Arrell: 2012 Volunteer of the Year

On Wednesday November 21, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Toronto Chapter) presented long-time St. Michael's donor and volunteer Tony Arrell with the 2012 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award.
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