Cancer Care Close to Home: Helen's Story

It was a cold January. After the holidays, people were back at work, looking forward to the year ahead. But that wasn’t the case for Helen Lennon and her four grown children. They were preparing to say goodbye to a dear husband, a loving father.That January was also when she discovered the lump in her breast.

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Virtual run supports women’s mental wellness

In January 2018 just days after celebrating her son’s first birthday, Rhea Sengupta was diagnosed at Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) with an aggressive form of breast cancer that would require over a year-and-half of rigorous treatment.After having surgery to remove a fist-sized tumor from her breast, she began chemotherapy at MSH’s The Shakir Rehmatullah Cancer Clinic. As a 39-year-old mother of two young children, she was determined to fight for her life. However, she was not prepared for the feelings of isolation and powerlessness that would soon wash over her.

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Together in a crisis: How MSH frontline staff and donors are working together to fight COVID-19

In the hallways of Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH), now empty of visitors, it takes masked frontline staff a moment to recognize each other. They exchange a quick smile or a few light-hearted words before hurrying on their way. In the difficult days of COVID-19, while most of us are sheltering at home, our amazing health care professionals have a job to do – caring for patients suffering with COVID-19 and providing all patients with expert, compassionate care.

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Faces of our 30th

Passionate people have helped create a community called Markham Stouffville Hospital. Now, as we mark our 30th anniversary, get to know some of the great people behind the faces as they tell their own stories.

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Care Close to Home

After spending eight months in hospital, Brenda Okapiec was ready to go home. She had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and after her first chemotherapy treatment, acquired a blood infection that landed her in the ICU.

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Generations of Generosity

Family of donors makes sure the community can count on MSH today— and for generations to come.

When Salmaan Alvi brought his three young children to MSH last year, it fortunately wasn’t for a medical emergency. The children were there to hand out teddy bears to patients as part of MSH’s Bear Necessities program, to spread a bit of comfort while raising funds for the hospital.

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