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At VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, we hear from individuals with stories to tell about our hospitals. Some are patients, some are donors; many are both. Their or their loved one's lives have been transformed by the unique care they received at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), UBC Hospital or GF Strong Rehab Centre.

Burn survivor credits VGH and GF Strong for giving her hope
Heidi Cave was 23 when her life forever changed in an instant. A near-fatal car accident left her with burns to 52 per cent of her body and in a two-week drug induced coma. Read more


Matters of the heart
Valory Craske was was diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis. Her aortic valve had stiffened and narrowed, making it difficult for her heart to pump blood through the valve and out into her body. She was the first patient to undergo TAVI at VGH. Read More

Community builders Robert & Lily Lee
The Lees believe healthy neighbourhoods and families are what build a community. They support a unique Vancouver community health centre that offers specialized programs and health services. Read more


Morningstar Homes supports GF Strong Rehab Centre
Quality single family home builders, Morningstar Homes Ltd, donated a generous $14,660 in support of the GF Strong Rehab Centre. Read More

The Path to Helping Others
After receiving care at VGH for his own liver disease, Arran Stephens, President and Founder of Nature's Path Organic Foods and his family were so grateful, they made a donation of $1 million to the Hospital's Gastroenterology Department. Read more
My doctors helped me; now I want to help them
Helen Wilden believes it's the expert and compassionate care she received from doctors and nurses at VGH, support of family and friends, and her own determination that saw her through her battle with multiple myeloma. Read More
Combined efforts help equip our hospitals
The Kin family of Kin's Farm Market generously donated $50,000 towards EndoBronchial Ultrasound System (EBUS), a life-saving piece of equipment for the Thoracic team.
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New mom gets life back after ultrasound, diagnosis
Shortly after delivering a healthy baby, Catharine Martin was struck by a very rare and life-threatening disease called acute fatty liver of pregnancy (AFLP) which caused all of her major organ systems to begin to shut down. Read more


Cancer care inspires generous gift
In July 2011, Thomas Anderson lived through a health-care scare; he was emergency airlifted via helicopter to VGH from Powell River, BC after falling unconscious in a public place. Read More

Scotiabank supports Spine Outpatient Program
Scotiabank recently presented a donation of $50,000 to VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, in support of the Spine Outpatient Program at VGH. Read More
Award-winning TV reporter grateful for VGH Stroke Program
As a CTV news reporter, Brent Gilbert used to think his job was the definition of "time sensitive." Last year, he suffered a stroke in the middle of the newsroom and learned what it meant for every second to count. Read More
An ICU story of innovation, compassion and unique care
Oftentimes, only one thing has to go wrong for a person to end up in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at VGH.
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