Message from Kyle Shaen
Chair, Board of Directors, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation
Nothing underlines the importance of health care than when your child is sick.
Recently, we took our son to the Emergency Department at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. If you have children yourself, you know that feeling. You need help, and you need help now. Luckily, everything worked out fine – turned out his cough sounded a lot worse than it was.
In that moment of relief I felt after he got the all-clear, I started to think about how lucky we are to have such a world-class Emergency Department here. I sometimes take these services for granted, I think – perhaps many of us do. But it’s a good feeling to know that there is a whole team of health care professionals on staff ready to provide medical care to those who need help fast.
I also thought about how much of the equipment in the Emergency Department comes thanks to generous donors to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, like Women in Action, a group of women who’re specifically funding needs in the ED. We don’t just have the services we deserve; we have the services we’ve built ourselves. That’s true of every department here. Your commitment to ensuring our Hospital provides the best care possible is inspiring.
Many of those donations come directly from Foundation events held throughout the year. There are a few coming up that I’m really looking forward to. Tomorrow night, we have a new event called the Inaugural Thunder Bay Reunion Party, a get-together in support of urology equipment for the operating rooms. Meanwhile, Cruise Night is held every Tuesday night until September 3 at the DaVinci Centre from 7 to 9pm, all in support of the Northern Cardiac Fund. On July 11, Gary Kemp is hosting the “Release the Goat” party at the Wayland Bar and Grill. Gary is accepting pledges to shave off his goatee in memory of a dear friend who died from cancer.
Finally, I’d like to give a shout out to the organizers of AutoX. Amateur races are held throughout the summer with drivers racing a slalom course against the clock. Starting at 9am on July 28, they’ll be racing at the Hospital Parking Lot I in support of the Northern Cancer Fund. Come out and watch!
Find out more about our summer events at: healthsciencesfoundation.ca/events
Here’s wishing you a safe, fun and healthy summer!