St. Paul’s Foundation’s 21st annual Lights of Hope campaign has raised over $3.2 million this holiday season. Donations from corporate and individual donors, staff and volunteers will fund the greatest needs of patients, residents and families across Providence Health Care.
Since 1998, Lights of Hope has raised more than $37 million, providing much needed funding to purchase urgently needed equipment, support world-class research and teaching and enhance patient and resident care. Fundraising will continue until January 7th, 2019, when the lights turn off.
“Thanks to your generous donations, we’re able to fund sites and programs which have a direct impact on tens of thousands of patients, residents and caregivers across BC,” says Dick Vollet, President and CEO, St. Paul’s Foundation. “Every year, I am truly humbled by the support of the community to Lights of Hope, and would like to thank our donors for their charitable gifts which will be felt far and wide.”
In addition to thousands of donations from across the province, doctors, staff and care workers from all Providence Health Care sites and St. Paul’s Foundation have collectively contributed $495,360 to the campaign. Lights of Hope funds support sites and programs, such as:
- Caring for Patients – The Renal Program at St. Paul’s Hospital supports individuals at every stage of kidney disease. Services include dialysis, kidney care clinics, and transplant and post-transplant programs in addition to an inpatient unit. Hayley Atkinson is one such patient, who has had two kidney transplants and two healthy daughters thanks to their care.
- Medical Equipment – Urgently needed medical equipment and technology that will have an immediate and large impact on patient care. Donations to St. Paul’s helped purchase an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation machine, which performs the work of the heart, and was vital in saving the life of Brittany Forrest and her unborn child when she went into cardiac arrest at seven months pregnant.
- Research – Funding will support research efforts that can have a local, national and global impact, and ensure the benefits of research translate quickly into better patient care. This year we have already supported breakthroughs in chronic obstructive pulmonary (COPD) disease, which will lead to dramatic changes in treatment protocols.
- Quality of Life Programs – Every Tuesday and Friday, residents at Mount Saint Joseph’s extended care unit enjoy a bowl of freshly made Chinese soup with traditional ingredients. For the residents, 93 per cent of whom are Chinese, it’s a welcome and comforting meal as well as reminiscent of happy memories of family dinners around the dining room table.
Since the community and lighting celebration took place on November 16th, 2018, thousands of British Columbians and tourists have come out to see the brilliant display at St. Paul’s Hospital. Built by over 150 volunteers in what has become a Vancouver holiday tradition, the display inspires hope and donations, and is made up of donated materials: more than 100,000 sparkling lights and 200 stars.
The last day to enjoy the lights this season is January 7th, 2019. This was also the first year that Lights of Hope displays shone at other Providence Health Care hospitals and seniors homes across Vancouver.
For more information about Lights of Hope visit www.lightsofhope.com.
About St. Paul’s Foundation
St. Paul’s Foundation raises funds to support compassionate, inspired care at Providence Health Care’s 17 health care sites in BC, including St. Paul’s Hospital. The funds we raise help put patients and residents first, through a collaborative, integrated approach that includes the best in clinical care, world-class research and education. Through fundraising and strategic partnerships, the Foundation supports Providence – a founding member of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster – in building on its long history of innovation, leading research and advancements in care for the people of British Columbia and beyond. To learn more, visit www.helpstpauls.com.