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February is Heart Month and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! To celebrate, we’re honouring the courageous women who are strengthening their hearts as patients of WCH’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. This year, the program marks 20 years of changing lives, thanks to your generous support. Inside this issue you’ll find stories of resilience, generosity and impact. There’s also a special gift for you straight from the heart of a grateful WCH patient.
Sue Williams

Sue Williams says the Cardiac Rehab Program gave her back her life. Several years ago, Sue was enjoying a family trip to England when she suddenly began experiencing the early signs of a heart attack. As she was rushed to the hospital, she entered full cardiac arrest and died for a brief moment before being resuscitated. After spending several weeks in hospital, Sue returned home and immediately enrolled in WCH’s Cardiac Rehab Program to begin her journey to recovery.

Click through to read Sue’s full story and find out how you can help save the lives of more women like her by donating today.

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Celebrate a loved one this Family Day
Newman family
Spending time together on Family Day is the ultimate gift. But if you can’t be with your family, why not make a donation in their honour? Making a tribute gift is a great way to celebrate a loved one. Your gift to Women’s College Hospital will celebrate the important bond of family and friendship by supporting a better future for the health of women and their loved ones. Click through to make your special Family Day tribute donation today!
Honour Someone Special
Closing gaps in mental healthcare for women and families
Simone Vigod
Women’s College Hospital is home to North America’s largest women’s mental health treatment and research program. We’re thrilled to share that a leading researcher with the program, Dr. Simone Vigod, has developed a new tool that can predict which patients are at high risk of being re-admitted to hospital after transitioning back into the community following in-patient care. This tool has the potential to transform the landscape of mental healthcare for women and families everywhere.

Click through to read more about this exciting new development in women’s mental health research.
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A grateful patient has a special gift for you!
Elle AyoubZadeh
Elle AyoubZadeh is a WCH patient, successful entrepreneur and firm believer in the power of women to change the world. As founder and creative director of Zvelle, a luxury web-based shoe company, Elle wanted to find a meaningful way to give back to the hospital that shares her company’s mission to empower and inspire women to live their best lives.

Elle is offering a special code throughout 2016 to the entire Women’s College Hospital community—that’s you!—donating $10 back to the hospital and giving you $25 off every shoe purchase. Use the code Zvelle4WCH on zvelle.com to support Women’s College Hospital.

Click through to learn more about Elle and her passion for supporting Women's College Hospital.
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In the community
Bell Let's Talk= Yodie Sowunmi

Thank you for joining us to talk women’s mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day! On January 27, WCH’s mental health team set up shop in the hospital’s main Atrium to chat with patients, staff and volunteers about topics such as postpartum depression, menopause, sexual abuse, trauma, grief and mental illness related to complex chronic conditions. Together, we engaged women and families in this important conversation and helped change lives. Thank you!

Yodie Sowunmi, 25, is a volunteer with Women’s College Hospital’s cardiology program. Every Monday, he checks in patients, helps coordinate tests and paperwork and provides support in any way he can. Reflecting on his experiences as a volunteer, Yodie says: “I’ve found that by helping other people, my own life has been enriched too.”



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