Renewal Campaign 2021

You don’t know me. But you - along with the amazing medical team at Windsor Regional Hospital - helped save my life.

I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the people in our community who support our wonderful hospital so generously. Like you. Once upon a time, I took our hospital for granted – but not anymore. Now I’ve learned just how seriously our hospital relies on the support of our community – and how each and every one of us relies on our hospital.

It all started on a lovely hot June day a couple of years ago, when I was having a visit with a friend in their backyard.

Suddenly I had a massive seizure. I was rushed to the hospital where I had a CAT scan. Then I was transferred to the Ouellette campus, where an MRI confirmed I had a mass the size of a golf ball behind my right eye.

It was cancer.

My aunt died of a brain tumour. They didn’t find hers until it was stage 4. I was lucky that mine was a stage 2. And I was also so lucky to live in Windsor and to be in the care of one of the finest medical teams in the country – led by Dr. Jawar, who I personally believe is the best neurosurgeon in Ontario.

Dr. Jawar told me he thinks that the tumour was growing there for 18 years! I’m not ashamed to say I was scared. But not when Dr. Jawar told me he had a plan.

By January or February of last year – 2020 – MRIs showed the tumour was growing. That’s when Dr. Jawar said it was time to operate.

I was in the hospital for four days after the surgery. I can’t say enough about our health care team. They were great from the very start and all the way through.

It made such a difference that I didn’t have to travel to another hospital to have my surgery. That’s why I feel like we are so fortunate to have the Windsor Regional Hospital right here in our community. And why I’m so passionate about telling my story so that people will know how much their support truly counts.

You are one of those people who helps neighbours in need – like me – through your ongoing support of the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation.

And that’s why I say … thank you, thank you, thank you – a thousand times.

I was born in that hospital as well. It holds a special place in my heart. I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have a good health care team behind me.

And I don’t know what our hospital would do if they didn’t have good neighbours like you behind them.

That’s why I’m hoping that you’ll be able to join in the Foundation’s latest fundraising campaign – to help purchase new equipment that will help patients undergoing surgery for brain tumours. Specifically, the specialized instruments and technology that our medical teams are hoping to purchase will surgeons better see and navigate the brain and spine. Whether that’s $10, $25, or whatever you can do – all that matters is that we all help out as much as we can.

I offered to share my story with the hospital’s supporters today for the simple reason that it might give someone hope.

I know that many of us are facing health challenges – especially as we get older. Or we have loved ones who are. This is what I’ve learned: never give up hope. Hope is a wonderful thing. It keeps me going every day. And hopefully, it will do the same for you.

Please accept my thanks once again for being a supporter of the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation. And please do consider making that special gift today if you are able to. I can tell you from the front lines – it will be used to serve the people in our community when they need help the most.

From one neighbour to another – thank you.

Gordon (Gord) Martin, one very grateful patient