The Power of Giving

Nervous fathers bringing baby carriers into the hospital, getting ready to take their newborn home. Shell-shocked parents waiting impatiently for news about their critically-injured son in the Intensive Care Unit. Desperately relieved husbands who've just been told their wife's cancer surgery was a success.

Chances are, you aren't here at the hospital enough to witness the impact of your gifts –  but we are. Our offices are located in the heart of the hospital, and every day we have the honour of observing some of life's most powerful moments – moments when it's about so much more than just the equipment that helped save their lives. Moments that donors like you helped make possible.

Read on to hear from just a few of the people you helped when you made your gift.



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High Performer - AHP Report on Giving 2015

Your gift brought Maggie Greenwood happiness and comfort at the end of her life.

Donor-funded rooftop garden brings joy and comfort to palliative patient

When Maggie Greenwood retired, she knew she wanted to spend the rest of her days surrounded by the things she loved best - family, friends and flowers. Thanks to your gifts to the Palliative Care Rooftop Garden, at the end of her battle with cancer, Maggie was able to do just that.

For seven years, Margaret “Maggie” Greenwood and her stunning floral arrangements were a fixture of Peterborough’s Saturday morning Farmers’ Market. According to her friend and Market neighbour Anne Marie Warner, Maggie was a wonderful, spirited woman known for always having a positive outlook on life.

“Everyone loved Maggie,” says Anne Marie. “She had the most wonderful smile and this amazing ability to see the good in any situation. Even after she was admitted to the Palliative Care Unit (PCU) at PRHC and we knew it was nearly the end, she kept smiling.”

Anne Marie says the chance to spend time outside among the fall flowers in the Palliative rooftop garden was instrumental in maintaining Maggie’s attitude and quality of life.

“Maggie wanted to be outside in the garden whenever she could,” says Anne Marie. “She loved to look at the flowers, take in the view and feel the sun on her face, even if it was only for a few minutes.”
“The impact was immediate,” recalls Anne Marie. “Every time I took her outside, she came back in feeling better. Even the staff would comment on how great she looked. She would just smile and tell them ‘life is good.’”

Thank you to everyone who helped make this project possible for patients and loved ones like Maggie and Anne Marie. For more information on current courtyard fundraising initiatives and how you can help, call (705) 876-5000.

Yes! I want to make a difference in the lives of patients.


Gary Dalliday
Gary Dalliday,
patient and annual donor

Expert care helps local sportscaster get back in the game

More than 15,000 surgeries are performed at PRHC every year. Last spring, Gary Dalliday was one of them. Now, he can't say enough about the people who cared for him, and the incredible impact that donors have on patients' lives.

Everything seemed to be going according to plan. After 33 years in television and radio, sportscaster Gary Dalliday was ready to retire. Although he would miss his friends and colleagues, he was already thinking about the extra time he'd have to spend with his wife, children and grandchildren or with friends on the golf course.

With his last day at work just around the corner, however, Gary received some terrible news. He had cancer.

"I'm sure you can imagine how shocked I was to find out that instead of retiring I'd be fighting cancer,” says Gary. "After all, I'd always taken pretty good care of myself. I thought I was healthy. What I quickly realized is that it doesn't matter how healthy you are. Cancer doesn't care.”

It all started innocently enough. For several months Gary had been experiencing difficulty urinating. In the beginning, he wrote his problem off as a sign of aging and didn't think very much about it.

"Then one night at a hockey game in Sarnia things took a turn for the worse,” Gary remembers. "I felt terrible and kept having to use the bathroom. Then later in my hotel room, I found myself looking into a toilet bowl that was full of blood.”

Gary says that everything happened so quickly after that, it's all just a blur now. One minute he was sitting in his surgeon's office being told he had a large tumour on his bladder. The next he was being prepped for life-saving surgery.

"I won't lie, I was nervous,” says Gary. "I wasn't scared so much of dying but of what I'd leave behind – my family, my friends – my life.”

Two years later and the doctors have told Gary that everything looks good. He's officially retired but he hasn't stopped. You can still hear him commentating for the Petes or find him on the golf course with his buddies.

Looking back Gary gives credit to not only the doctors and nurses who treated him, but the PRHC Foundation donors who he believes helped save his life.

"I'm alive to day to tell my story because my surgeon Dr. Meade had the tools he needed in the operating room – tools that donors helped pay for,” says Gary. "That's why I support the Foundation. So the next time someone like me needs help, PRHC's doctors and nurses will have the tools they need to save someone else's life.”

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Gavin & Jessica McLear
The McLears - Gwen, Rowan, Gavin and Jessica

State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging and expert emergency care prove instrumental in saving toddler's life

Jessica and Gavin McLear had been coming to the lake for years but had never given the Peterborough hospital much thought. That changed the day two-year-old Rowan fell down a flight of stairs and was critically injured. Without warning, PRHC became the centre of their universe.

"It all happened in the blink of an eye.”

That's how Jessica McLear remembers the day her two-year-old fell down the stairs at her parents' cottage.

"One moment Rowan was playing quietly and the next he was laying there with a fractured skull,” says Jessica.

The accident occurred on a sunny summer day during Jessica and Gavin McLear‘s annual visit to Stony Lake with their two children. Because Rowan was an active toddler at the time, his grandparents had installed safety gates on the stairs. Unfortunately, their efforts weren't enough to prevent every parent's worst nightmare.

In a state of panic, Jessica and Gavin rushed Rowan to the Emergency Department at PRHC where he was treated immediately. After the ER trauma team stabilized his critical condition, he was eventually transferred to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. But PRHC's role in saving Rowan's life wasn't over yet.

"When Rowan's condition suddenly and inexplicably deteriorated, an earlier CT scan taken at PRHC proved crucial because it showed a breach in the membrane of his brain that couldn't be found in any scans taken afterwards,” says Jessica.

Thankfully, Rowan made a full recovery, but his story is a reminder that serious accidents can happen at any time. Your support helps fund urgent care equipment that saves the lives of patients like Rowan. He's the reason we need your support. Please give generously today.

Yes! I want to make a difference in the lives of patients.