Lisa’s Story

When Lisa Cilia made a new year’s resolution to get fit, she had no idea how the pledge would change her life. The 44-year-old mother of three attended her first zumba exercise class in 2013 with a friend. “Afterward, there was blood in my urine and I felt awful for...

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Tricia’s Story

9/11 changed everything for nine-year old Tricia. At school, the little girl imagined planes flying into the building, black smoke billowing, and the walls collapsing around her and her big sister in a nearby classroom. She felt panic overwhelm her as she worried...

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CT Scanner Appeal

Mackenzie Health Foundation launched a $2-million CT scanner appeal last fall to replace one of the two machines currently in operation at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital. Faster scanning, improved diagnostic capabilities, and less harmful radiation are a few of the benefits this state-of-the-art technology provides patients.

A highlight of the appeal was an exciting live auction at the Foundation’s A Night in Tuscany gala last November, when more than $200,000 was raised in mere moments spurred on by appeal co-chair Latif Fazel’s pledge to match donations totalling $100,000. Since then, the campaign has raised $565,000 in new gifts and pledges through generous commitments from 28 donors who have answered the call.

Latif, who is also vice-chair of the Foundation board of directors, understands the crucial need as a CT scan at Mackenzie Health diagnosed his heart disease. “Thanks to accurate and efficient diagnoses, treatment and follow-up care, my life has been transformed.”

Mackenzie Health Foundation donors are continuing to give back

They will ensure Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital is a vibrant and innovative hospital, well equipped to handle increasing patient needs within our community.

A CT scanner is life-saving technology used by radiologists to detect, diagnose and monitor illnesses such as internal bleeding, cancer, stroke and heart disease. At Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, more than 27,000 scans are performed annually on children and adults. The new CT scanner will replace one of the scanners that is operating four years past its expected lifespan.