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Record-breaking $220,194 Raised During HSC Foundation’s Radiothon

January 27, 2023

Annual event improves care for thousands of patients every year

Trina Wall and Gerald Danais

Gerald Danais, (right) Owner and President of Zoomfone, shares the importance of supporting the HSC Foundation’s Innovation HSC Radiothon. Grateful patient and HSC Foundation volunteer, Trina Wall (left), shares her courageous story of her battle with and recovery from cancer.

WINNIPEG, MB—January 23, 2023. On January 20, 2023, the Health Sciences Centre Foundation (HSC Foundation) raised a record-breaking $220,194 during its 17th-annual Innovation HSC Radiothon, presented by Maric Homes. Generous Manitobans called, clicked, walked up, and texted their donations in support of improving care at HSC Winnipeg, Manitoba’s hospital.

From 6 AM to 6 PM, listeners tuned in to 680 CJOB, Power 97, and Peggy 99.1 to hear from grateful patients throughout the province who shared their health-care journeys, as well as doctors, researchers, and frontline health care providers who shared insights and innovations from HSC.

“Every donor who supported our Innovation HSC Radiothon will make a difference in the lives of the many thousands of Manitobans who rely on HSC annually,” said Jonathon Lyon, President & CEO, HSC Foundation. “On behalf of the Board, staff, and volunteers of the HSC Foundation, I want to thank everyone who contributed to the success of this event. As the HSC Foundation continues to fundraise for Operation Excellence, the largest campaign in our history, Radiothon proceeds will help revitalize and refocus HSC as a surgical centre of excellence and innovation.”

This year, Innovation HSC Radiothon donations included matching gifts from Access Credit Union, Arbor Memorial, Johnston Group, Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, Birchwood Automotive Group, Payworks, and Manitoba pork producers.

“Maric Homes is proud to have partnered with the HSC Foundation since 2000 with 13 years of lottery support and seven years as Presenting Partner of the Innovation HSC Radiothon,” said Tanya Maric, VP Operations, Maric Homes. “Not only have we seen the impact of fundraising on the lives of Manitobans, we have personally experienced HSC’s outstanding health care. The continued profound care HSC provides has deeply touched so many Manitobans and as Presenting Partner, we are proud to continue to support the HSC Foundation.”

Money raised through the Radiothon enables the HSC Foundation to improve patient care at HSC through important research initiatives, the acquisition of cutting-edge medical equipment, and the development of new state-of-the-art facilities. Current fundraising priorities include Operation Excellence, the HSC Foundation’s bold six-year, 100-million-dollar plan that will help end surgical and diagnostic wait lists while acquiring equipment that will improve patient outcomes and position HSC for sustained excellence; Innovation HSC, an annual campaign to support health care excellence at HSC; minimally invasive spine surgery equipment that uses small incisions, tubes, and scopes to perform complex spinal operations; and more.

Donations to the Innovation HSC Radiothon are still being accepted. To help deliver tomorrow’s health care today, donors can click here, call 204-515-5612 or 1-800-679-8493 (toll-free) to make a gift, or text HSCF to 20222 to make a $20 donation.

Eman Agpalza and Val Rufo’s

Eman Agpalza (left), Senior Communications Specialist, Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, shares why Wawanesa chooses to support the Innovation HSC Radiothon. Agpalza also shared the powerful story of his brother-in-law Val Rufo’s (right) recovery from a stroke at HSC, thanks to his spectacular health care team.

About the Health Sciences Centre Foundation:

The Health Sciences Centre Foundation rallies individual, corporate, and institutional donors in support of HSC Winnipeg—Manitoba’s hospital. By inspiring Manitobans to donate, the HSC Foundation enhances patient care and accelerates innovation at HSC through the acquisition of state-of-the-art technology, the development of new clinical spaces, and the promotion of ground-breaking research. Through specific, timely, and essential investments, the HSC Foundation helps to deliver tomorrow’s health care,