Your support of St. Paul’s Foundation truly does give hope to people like Twyla Doyle-O’Reilly! Her brother, Fenton, had a rare and incurable muscular disorder called amyloidosis which eventually destroyed his heart to the point where his only chance was a transplant. On December 31st 2010, Fenton received notification that a heart was available, after earlier disappointment where a heart was found but not a match. The Lights of Hope were a symbol of comfort and hope for Twyla as she waited for the news, and whose brother lived another five and a half years with his new heart and compassionate care at St. Paul's Hospital.
Where there is light there is hope.
Donors to St. Paul’s Foundation have an impact on every patient, resident, visitor and department and support the work of St. Paul’s Hospital, Holy Family Hospital, Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, St. Michael’s Centre, St. Vincent’s: Brock Fahrni, St. Vincent’s: Honoria Conway-Heather, St. Vincent’s: Langara, and Youville Residence.
Your donations help make it possible to save lives…to provide warm clothing to patients in need…to fund research initiatives that change the way we diagnose and treat disease.
Any gift you can give will make a difference.
Thank you for giving hope to our patients, residents and their families.
Stories of hope
Music therapy helps residents and patients with socialization, self-expression, and mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Lorri Johnson, a certified music therapist at Youville Residence, recently had the opportunity to take Lilian, a resident at PHC’s Youville residential care home, to a performance of Mama Mia! Spoiler alert: A great time was had by all! Gifts to the Greatest Needs Fund give therapists like Lorri, and residents like Lilian, the opportunity to share music, companionship, and memories.
Vida Balciunas spent many years as a psychiatric nurse at St. Paul’s. When her brother Danny died unexpectedly in 2017, she knew immediately that she wanted to honour him with a star in the Lights of Hope. Vida says Danny was a “shining star” in her life, and visiting his star was a tremendous source of comfort to her. Vida wants others to know that a star in the Lights of Hope is a meaningful way to remember a loved one and make a difference in the care and outreach St. Paul’s is known for.