Renewal Campaign Archives
"I'm alive, thanks to you!" - Nathan Boutcher
All my life I've been dealing with kidney failure in some form. My father suffered from kidney disease and it was a huge part of my family's life. It took its toll.
At 22 years old, my kidneys failed and I needed emergency dialysis. While I was still in the hospital as a patient, my father passed away down the hall from me at the young age of 49.
You can imagine how traumatic his death was for my family. And with my diagnosis, I
was scared I may face the same future. But something changed for me. I began to see a
future where I was able. I can honestly say that in the last four years of my life,
each year has been the best year ever.
In the beginning, I suffered tremendously. But as the years went on, I healed and learned more about my disease. I discovered many tools and strategies to improve my well-being. Today I exercise regularly. I am deeply joyful and grateful. And that is
thanks to these dialysis treatments, without which I would not be here.
I am so thankful for people in our community who support the Windsor Regional
Hospital Foundation. Donations from people like you help fund equipment like the dialysis machines that I rely on each week to survive. With support from generous donors, the Hospital opened a brand new facility less than two years ago to care for patients like me.
Community members like you are a lifeline!
Donor support makes amazing, lifesaving care happen across the entire hospital. And
I want you to know that patients like me are deeply thankful for this generosity. With your donation today you will equip your hospital with the best tools and technology and help provide outstanding care.
You can help Windsor Regional Hospital to continue making a life-changing
difference for folks like me. Will you please consider making a donation toward the hospital's most urgent needs across all departments?
Some of the top priorities right now include equipment to help people with kidney disease. There are quite a few items that need to be replaced, including 25 treatment chairs at $5,498 each. Dialysis patients like me have to sit in them for up to 4
The new chairs will let us switch positions with adjustable backs to relieve discomfort. Swing-arms give those with disabilities easier access. Massage settings ease the aches of sitting for so long. And height adjustments prevent strain on the care team who dialysis patients rely on during treatments. These chairs really are a
lifeline for all patients like me who are being treated for kidney disease.
Your donation will also help to purchase equipment in other areas of the hospital.
How donations from donors touch my life:
- My renal dialysis treatments are 3 times a week for 4 hours each time.
- A machine takes the blood from my body and puts it through an artificial kidney to remove waste products from the blood. As you can imagine, medical professionals like nurses and nephrologists are all part of the procedure.
- The treatments are taxing on the body. So after treatment, I recover by eating a meal, taking a nap, and eating again once I wake up. Each patient's routine on dialysis is different as each of us reacts differently to the treatment.
- Treatment days can be time-consuming between the preparation, travel, the treatment itself, and then recovery... it does make life more challenging. However, through time and experience, I have learned what works for me, and I am doing very
That is why I'm so grateful to have this care close to home! It has allowed me to
continue pursuing a meaningful life, chasing my dreams as an entrepreneur and working
as a Yoga teacher.
Can you imagine if I had to travel to get treatment? It would put a lot more
limitations on my life. On the lives of many people, in fact, because the hospital
performs 43,085 renal dialysis treatments a year!
So, let me thank you in advance for taking action with your donation.
Government funding doesn't cover a lot of essential equipment and technology. That
means people like you are responsible for the world-class care we have here in our
Your support today will mean everything to me and so many other patients.
Wouldn't it be incredible to give someone back the ability to walk?
That's exactly what our donors did - just last year - through their support of the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation.
Thank you for your dedication to our hospital. Let us tell you a story about a woman named Lori who is walking today because of your generosity and your compassion.
Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation donors helped purchase the equipment that our hospital urgently needed last year. Like two ultrasound machines, a CAT scan machine, and two echocardiography machines to diagnose patients and begin the treatment they need to get better and return home to their families. Donors also helped fund an ECG wireless cart for monitoring our patients' heart rate and vital statistics.
Patients like Lori. I'm honoured to thank you, on her behalf, and on behalf of all the patients, we treat here and their families. Your support is essential to our hospital. I can't imagine a greater joy than knowing you helped save and improve the lives of people right here in our community.
Donate Now to ensure that we can continue to offer world-class care to the families in our region - including people you and I care about.
Please let me tell you about one family whose lives you played such a part in At this time last year, Lori Tonial of Tecumseh was experiencing such extreme lower back pain that walking was unbearable. She could barely take a step without crying in pain.
But Lori had a dream - to dance with her son at his wedding.
For months it must have seemed impossible. Until Lori was referred to our amazing neurosurgical and spine team.
"In my eyes, the doctors are miracle workers. And everyone involved in my care was so professional and kind, each and every person went out of their way to put me at ease. The treatment I received was like you would give to a.friend or a family member," she says.
Three months after her surgery, Lori did, indeed, dance with her son on his wedding day.
Lori says she is "forever grateful" to the medical team that changed her life. Because without the equipment that you help fund, they wouldn't be able to perform the miracles they do.
I hope you will consider helping other neighbours in our region who need care. Our doctors and nurses have told us that we need equipment such as a portable x-ray machine, a 3D digital mammography machine, and cardiac ultrasound probes. This equipment and more will help our health care teams to diagnose and treat patients so they can return back home to their families.
Any gift you can make - whether through a cheque, credit card, or becoming a member of our monthly giving club - will be used wisely to purchase the equipment that will serve our patients the best. All that matters is having you with us once again, as a supporter of our hospital.
Like Lori says, we consider every patient we treat here to be "friend or family." That's what makes this community so special. I am thrilled to work with you and for you to safeguard the outstanding care offered here at Windsor Regional Hospital.