Neale will perform live kicking off the final leg of the hospital's
$211-million dollar capital redevelopment campaign
TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - Toronto-based singer/songwriter Joseph
Neale is breathing new life into his music career, thanks to Toronto
East General Hospital (TEGH) -- Ontario's foremost community teaching
hospital. Neale, a lung cancer survivor who was treated at TEGH, will
celebrate with hospital staff as he debuts his new single "Open Up" in
a live performance on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 10:30 a.m to 11:15
a.m. The performance will kick off the final stretch of TEGH's
$211-million-dollar capital redevelopment campaign.
At 22 years old, Neale is singing the praises of TEGH's Dr. Carmine
Simone and his thoracic surgery team.
"I was 20, diagnosed with lung cancer. I was terrified. All I could
think of was would I ever sing again, would I live to see my baby
daughter grow up?" said Joseph Neale, who comes from a family of
musicians, including his cousin, Juno-award-winning jackSOUL (Haydain
Neale). "Dr. Simone at East General treated me like his son. I knew he
cared and would do all he could to save my life, save my voice. When I
woke up in the recovery room, the first thing I tried to do was sing.
I am forever grateful to Dr. Simone for my life and for making it
possible for me to fulfill my dream to sing for the world."
Neale's compelling story is testament to the positive life-changing
impact of the expertise at TEGH. TEGH delivers the highest standard of
care to people like Joseph Neale every day. It is this commitment that
inspires donors to support TEGH's Capital Redevelopment Campaign --
donors such as the Thomson family, who gave a gift of five-million
dollars to establish the landmark, state-of-the-art Ken and Marilyn
Thomson Patient Care Centre. With only three-million dollars left to
be raised, TEGH Foundation is poised to complete its $60-million dollar
campaign in 2014.
Refer to this link for the heartwarming video story of Joseph Neale's
care at TEGH. Neale's song, "Foreigner" is featured in the video: http://we.tl/H8CeLcLlTX
Images of Joseph Neale, Toronto East General Hospital, and of renderings
of the new Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre are available.
Media are invited to attend the celebratory event to launch the final
leg of the capital redevelopment campaign at Toronto East General
Hospital (825 Coxwell Avenue) on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 10:20 a.m.
to 11:15 a.m. In addition to Joseph Neale's live performance, TEGH CEO
and President, Rob Devitt, and Foundation Chair, Michael Burns, will
address the crowd, with notable guests in attendance.
About Joseph Neale
Born into a family of musicians, Joseph began his love affair with music
at a young age. He tried his hand at the guitar, trumpet and piano, but
soon learned that his favorite instrument was one without strings,
chords and keys: his voice. Joseph dedicates his days and nights to the
pursuit of music. He draws inspiration from musical pioneers such as
Michael Jackson and, closer to home, Joseph's cousin, Haydain Neale
(JUNO award-winning artist, lead singer of Canadian group jackSOUL).
Beating Lung Cancer has also brought a new awareness and respect for
life and its opportunities to Joseph. Joseph was diagnosed at just 20
years of age. He had surgery at the age of 21. He is now 22 and singing
with all his heart. It is a compelling story, with a great sense of
hope. As the cousin of the late Haydain Neale, with the same disease
and winning the fight, positions Joseph well to bring attention to lung
cancer, how it can affect people at a young age and the importance of
community health care.
About Toronto East General Hospital: Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) is setting a new standard in
patient care. This award-winning, community teaching hospital serves
the socially and economically diverse neighbourhoods of east Toronto.
The hospital provides superb clinical treatment and is rapidly gaining
acclaim as a leader in areas such as Thoracic Surgery, Robotic
Technology and Child & Adolescent Mental Health.
Visit tegh.on.ca | Follow @EastGeneral on Twitter.
About the TEGH Capital Redevelopment Campaign: Toronto East General Hospital is in the midst of an ambitious $211
million Redevelopment Project. The focal point of this expansion is the
new Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre, which will usher in a
new era of leading-edge health care. This landmark health care facility
will increase access to inpatient and outpatient services for the more
than half a million people throughout the GTA who rely on Toronto East
General Hospital for health care excellence. The TEGH Foundation is in
the final stretch of its $60-million private-sector campaign to support
this historic redevelopment.
SOURCE: Toronto East General Hospital
For further information:
Media, for further information and to request attendance at the event, contact:
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Justin Van Dette, Manager, Corporate and Community Relations TEGH Foundation
416-659-3870 or firstname.lastname@example.org