Thursday, June 22, 2006

University Health Network Campaign Celebration June 21, 2006

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University Health Network, Toronto, Canada set an ambitious goal of raising $400 million at the start of their fundraising campaign in November, 2002.

That goal was achieved a year early and a new goal of $500 million was targeted. Even that was exceeded and the final total is $554 million; by far the most successful hospital fundraising campaign ever held in Canada.

So a celebration was in order and many of those responsible gathered at the new MARS Discovery District adjacent to Toronto General Hospital. This state of the art facility was designed to provide an enviornment that would attract and retain the most promising researchers and clinicians and to make UHN a contender in the global competition for scientific talent.

I was pleased to be a part of the campaign and was very happy to be invited to the celebration and party with Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation (TGWHF) staff and others who I've come to know and admire for their dedication and hard work in helping to raise funds so that patients' lives can be transformed and saved by the best staff and facilities available anywhere in the world. I know, because my life was saved by a single-lung transplant a little over four years ago, thanks to the skills and research of the people at University Health Network. Go to the above link for my photo journal.

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