15 Million Ways to Say "I Heart Hazel"



    
    Million dollar bequest helps Trillium Health Centre Foundation
    successfully complete campaign in support of the Hazel McCallion Centre
    for Heart Health
    

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 26 /CNW/ - Trillium Health Centre Foundation today
announced that thanks to a community effort, led by 10 Cardiac Champions, its
campaign to raise $15 million to support local cardiac care has met its goal.
A million dollar bequest from a long time supporter of the Health Centre
capped off the effort that began 15 months ago by community leader and
philanthropist Fred Ketchen who pledged the first million.
    The I Heart Hazel campaign challenged the community to demonstrate their
love, appreciation and respect for Mayor McCallion by making a donation to the
Hazel McCallion Centre for Heart Health in her honour.
    "The donations we received, large and small, pay tribute to Mayor
McCallion's passion for building healthy communities," notes Kim Warburton,
chair, Trillium Health Centre Foundation. "The Hazel McCallion Centre for
Heart Health ensures that we can continue to provide progressive cardiac care
that will save more lives and keep more hearts healthy throughout the region."
    Mayor McCallion, Canada's longest serving municipal leader and arguably
its most beloved, has been behind the campaign from the outset. "Generosity
and community spirit have always been hallmarks of our community. How proud I
am to see our citizens once again donate with open hearts to create a lasting
legacy to serve the people of Mississauga, West Toronto and surrounding
communities," says the Mayor.

    Local Cardiac Champions Recognized

    The Mayor recognized the leadership of all the Cardiac Champions who set
the pace for the campaign, in particular Fred Ketchen, a life-long resident of
Mississauga, and his wife Anne, who were the first to say "count us in". Mr.
Ketchen, who in 1991 experienced two heart attacks in 22 days, knows the value
of having a world class cardiac centre close to home. "We are so fortunate to
have these doctors and this advanced expertise right in this community and
believe strongly in investing in this critical service so others can have the
same kind of life saving intervention that I experienced," said Mr. Ketchen.
    While Mr. Ketchen was the first to step up, closing off the campaign was
a million dollar gift from the estate of John Allan, in honour of his wife
Jean who was a paediatric nurse at the Health Centre for many years before her
death.
    "Over the years, Mr. Allan was a steady supporter of the Health Centre
and Mrs. Allan a valued member of our Trillium family. We are profoundly
grateful for their kindness and are thrilled that the Allan's generosity will
leave a lasting legacy for the community they called home for many years,"
says Steve Hoscheit, president and CEO, Trillium Health Centre Foundation.

    Campaign Inspires Many to Give Generously

    The I Heart Hazel campaign inspired many people in many different ways
including James Claydon who heeded the call to pay tribute to the Mayor on her
88th birthday this past Valentine's Day. Mr. Claydon originally donated $888
to mark the Mayor's special day in February and then decided to add to that
gift to mark his own 75th birthday. Mr. Claydon's $250,000 donation will go
toward the purchase of a mini heart lung bypass system for life-saving cardiac
surgery.
    In addition to Messrs. Ketchen, Allan and Clayton, the I Heart Hazel
campaign also salutes the following citizens and businesses for their
leadership and significant support as Cardiac Champions: Nameh and Jacqueline
Jabbour; Francine and Bob Barrett; the Variolo Family Estate; Pasta Festa
champions Ralph Chioda and Ethel Taylor; Mattamy Homes; Willson International;
and Gordon and Ruth Gooder.

    About Trillium Health Centre

    Trillium Health Centre is one of Canada's largest academically-affiliated
tertiary care hospitals with highly-specialized regional programs in advanced
cardiac, vascular, stroke, neurosciences, orthopaedic, and sexual
assault/domestic violence services. Housing a model ambulatory care centre and
the largest free standing day surgery centre in North America, Trillium serves
over one million residents in Peel and West Toronto and from other communities
across Ontario. Last year Trillium's doctors, staff and volunteers cared for
more than 700,000 patients at the Mississauga (100 Queensway W.) and West
Toronto (150 Sherway Dr.) locations. With the continued support of the
Trillium Health Centre Foundation, the hospital's fundraising arm, the
two-site facility is attracting international attention for its innovative
approach to providing safe, high quality health care services and has received
numerous national awards for quality and innovation.
    For more information, go to www.trilliumhealthcentre.org.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Trish Krause at (416) 606-9817 or
trishkrause@rogers.com; or Larry Roberts, Media Relations Consultant, Trillium
Health Centre, at (905) 848-7580 ext. 3832 or lroberts@thc.on.ca

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