Gray Family Foundation donates $100,000 to new IWK unit

Published on December 9, 2015

A cheque for $100,000 towards a new IWK rehabilitation centre was presented recently by, from left Cory, Wayne and Darren Gray to IWK Foundation philanthropy officer Lynn Anne Hogan.

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New rehabilitation centre designed to help young patients work hard, aim high during their stay

The IWK Foundation has received a $100,000 gift to help develop a kids' rehabilitation centre for the hospital.

The donation is from the Gray Family Foundation of Charlottetown and will bring rehabilitation services together in a space designed to meet the care needs of young patients.

Each year, the IWK rehabilitation team works with thousands of Maritime children and youth with injuries and disabilities.

“Our family believes it is important to give back to our community and for that reason we are very proud to support the IWK with this gift,” said Cory Gray. “We hope that our gift inspires other Islanders to also make a difference to the many P.E.I. families who rely on the incredible care provided by the IWK.”

“Island donors are playing an extremely important role in helping us advance care at the IWK,” said Jennifer Gillivan, president and CEO, IWK Foundation. “It was our goal to support the health centre’s dream of completely transforming rehabilitation services for patients and families. Today, that dream is becoming a reality thanks to the incredible generosity of the Gray family.”

The new IWK kids' rehabilitation centre has been designed to help young patients work hard and aim high during their rehabilitation. The hospital finds that these youngsters do not focus on their disabilities, but rather, they focus on possibility. The new unit aims to support a model of care that respects these goals and aspirations.

“The IWK truly is the place the community built. Its history is rooted in philanthropy and as we look to the future of care, we need the support of Islanders now more than ever," said Gillivan. "We need to continue to evolve to ensure our region’s women, children, youth and families have access to the specialized care they need right here at home in the Maritimes.

To recognize the Gray family's donation, a rehabilitation treatment room in the new space will be named in their honour.