In the News: A Shared Vision for Better Eye Health in Hamilton & Beyond
Last year, Tom Kevill was a patient at the Hamilton Regional Eye Institute at St. Joe’s receiving care for a detached retina. And on March 23 he returned to the Hospital to help unveil an innovative Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Research Unit thanks in part to his generous support.
Grateful for the care he received from Dr. Varun Chaudhary, Chief of Ophthalmology, Mr. Kevill donated $200,000 to help the Eye Institute purchase a new OCT scanner. The scanner provides very fine anatomical detail of the retina to aid in the early detection and intervention of serious eye conditions. It’s also enabling St. Joe’s to lead international clinical trials that will help those facing eye diseases here in Hamilton, and around the world, to get the care they need.
To read more about Mr. Kevill’s generous gift and how it’s catapulted St. Joe’s into becoming a global leader in retinal disease research and care, read the story in The Hamilton Spectator or visit our website.
New Chief of Surgery is Pedaling Research Forward in Paris to Ancaster
Paris to Ancaster: A Ride for Research (P2A) is fast-approaching on Sunday, April 30, and we’re thrilled to announce St. Joe’s newly appointed Chief of Surgery, Dr. Bobby Shayegan, will be doing his part to pedal research innovation forward by riding in the 20km course and raising funds for the Hospital’s Research Institute.
Dr. Shayegan isn’t just a surgeon, he’s also a researcher and part of a leading team at the Hospital that’s transforming the way procedures are performed in Hamilton, and globally, through innovative robotic surgery research. Studies underway are looking at how robotics can help patients to heal faster, spend less time in Hospital, and be more cost-effective for the healthcare system, too! That’s the power of healthcare research that’s happening right now at St. Joe’s!
Help Dr. Shayegan cross the fundraising finish line by making a donation to Team Surgery as he tackles the 20k race route and strives to raise funds to support robotic surgery research at St. Joe's.
Online registration is now closed, but St. Joe's can still get you in to ride alongside Dr. Shayegan in the P2A 20k Family Ride. Participants of all ages and abilities will enjoy this achievable course that travels along bike paths, rail trails, and paved and unpaved roads (suitable for most bikes). Gear up to join us for a fun-filled day all while supporting St. Joe’s. To learn more and register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLICK, BID, HOORAY! Our Online Auction is Open to Everyone!
With a PlayStation 5 and a Dyson Coralle or two up for grabs, you’ll want to click and bid in our online auction that’s open now and available to St. Joe’s supporters like YOU! This online auction kicks off our fundraising efforts for the Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women. It’s a way for everyone to win great items while supporting women’s mental health and addictions care right here at St. Joe’s!
EVERYONE can take part in this auction, regardless of whether you’re taking part in the Run for Women! Simply click here to view and bid on more than 75 exciting auction items that are up for grabs! From artwork to electronics, boutique make-up palettes to gift sets, there’s something for everyone! The auction closes at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 24! So click and bid today! Good luck and thank you to all of our generous auction item donors and bidders!
You Walked, You Ran, You Raised Over $350,000 for St. Joe’s Through the Bay Race!
On Sunday, March 26, more than 200 Hospital staff and 24 corporate teams completed the 129th edition of the iconic Around the Bay Road Race. Together, they helped our Foundation raise more than $360,000 for the following two vital projects at St. Joe’s:
1. Giving babies and their families the very best start possible by expanding St. Joe’s Special Care Nursery and renovating 11 labour and delivery rooms in the Hospital’s birthing unit.
2. Bringing the latest breast diagnostic imaging equipment to St. Joe’s so that patients facing a breast cancer diagnosis can get the definitive answers they need, sooner.
Thanks to all who participated in the race or made a donation to an individual or team! A special thanks goes out to Nick Carnicelli and Team Carriage Gate Homes, which raised more than $109,000 in near-record time. We are also grateful to Team LiUNA Lending a Hand, which reached a fundraising milestone this year – raising more than $1 million for St. Joe’s through their Bay Race participation over the past decade. This year alone, the team raised more than $137,000.
We look forward to welcoming everyone back next year when the Around the Bay Race marks 130 years and St. Joe’s celebrates its 20th year as the race’s official charity partner.