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Terry's story

Terry is a long-time supporter of St. Michael’s. He is interested in helping to create and renovate facilities with the patient in mind—from the warm and inviting Terrence Donnelly Heart Centre, to the Day Surgery Centre, to other rooms around the Hospital that all have his special touch. His most recent project was renovating and furnishing a conference room for Medical Imaging to honour the 43-year career at St. Michael’s of Dr. Ron McCallum.
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Patrick and Barbara's story

In November 2005 Patrick and Barbara Keenan gave a lead gift to build the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science, making the dream a reality and inspiring other donors with the same vision. The Keenans will always be remembered for creating the first-ever endowed chair at St. Michael’s, the Keenan Chair of Medical Research, now held by Dr. Philip Marsden. The Keenans, among their other generous gifts to St. Michael’s, also established a second chair, the Keenan Chair of Surgery, held by Dr. Loch Macdonald.
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Carolyn Vallejo's story

When Carolyn Vallejo began to experience dizzy spells and feel tired all the time, her doctor wasn’t sure what was wrong. A teacher and mother of two, Carolyn was physically active and up to this point had been very healthy. When her doctor sent her for further tests, an echocardiogram revealed a life-threatening problem. Carolyn had a tumour in her heart, called a myxoma.
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Agnico-Eagle's story

“Special people make special places and good people do good things - and St. Michael's is a very special place for me and all of us at Agnico-Eagle. Thank you," says James D. Nasso, Chair of the Board of Directors at Agnico-Eagle as he explains why the company has pledged $2 million dollars toward a new Patient Tower at St. Michael's.
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George and Maria’s story

George and Maria Nel are grateful patients who want St. Michael’s proud tradition of caring to continue for many years to come. “The doctors, nurses and office staff treat you with kindness, respect and compassion. There is always a smile for you. This is why we bequeathed our estate to St. Michael’s Foundation,” they say.
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Celebrating Volunteers

“Volunteers are our hospital’s backbone, doing so much to support the work of our physicians and staff. Our volunteers are inspiring,” says Bill Downe, Director, St. Michael’s Foundation Board of Directors & Former Chair, Board of Directors, St. Michael’s.
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Katie’s Story

Katie is the former chair of St. Michael’s Young Leaders, a group of young professionals who fundraise for the hospital. She says, “We want to give back to an organization that is itself giving back. St. Michael’s is known for its patient care but also for its work in the inner city. There are needs that aren’t glamorous, don’t get government funding or donor support. We were looking for areas where we could make a difference.”
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King Ward

King Ward started fundraising for the Hospital then and was asked to join the Board of Directors when St. Michael’s Foundation was created. He stayed on the Board for eighteen years, and 30 years after that first operation is still involved as a volunteer.
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Tim’s Story

Tim Griffin has served on three capital campaigns for the Hospital and was chair of the Foundation Board for five years. In February 2009 he went on the annual St. Michael’s mission to the Philippines. Not only did he volunteer, he personally raised $100,000 for the mission.
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