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QEH Foundation donors honoured during annual fundraising dinner

Ed Lawlor, QEH Foundation board chairman, left, stands with donors Louise and Clark Johnston, who recently donated shares to the QEH Foundation in celebration of their 55th wedding anniversary. To their right is Doreen Kays, a cancer survivor who spoke to guests about the care she received at the P.E.I. Cancer Treatment Centre at the QEH. They were among the many in attendance recently at the QEH Foundation Fall Friendship Dinner at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Ed Lawlor, QEH Foundation board chairman, left, stands with donors Louise and Clark Johnston, who recently donated shares to the QEH Foundation in celebration of their 55th wedding anniversary. To their right is Doreen Kays, a cancer survivor who spoke to guests about the care she received at the P.E.I. Cancer Treatment Centre at the QEH. They were among the many in attendance recently at the QEH Foundation Fall Friendship Dinner at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. - Contributed
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

The QEH Foundation recently hosted a Fall Friendship Dinner at the QEH to celebrate over 150 individuals, businesses and community groups for reaching a milestone in cumulative giving this past year.  

The evening was hosted by foundation chairman Ed Lawlor, who thanked attendees for their commitment to the QEH. 

Many methods of giving were discussed, including donating shares, a tax efficient and affordable way to make impactful charitable gifts. 

West Royalty’s Clark and Louise Johnston were inspired to help the QEH as part of their 55th wedding anniversary celebration. 

Also part of the recognition evening was Charlottetown’s Doreen Kays, a pioneering journalist and author, who shared her personal care story and the importance of having advanced medical equipment close to home. In 2013, she was diagnosed with operable lung cancer. 

“I received laparoscopic surgery and chemotherapy off-Island, and my diagnostic tests and follow-up CT scans are performed at the QEH’s P.E.I. Cancer Treatment Centre,” said Kays. 

“I can’t thank the QEH physicians and staff enough, for saving my life and keeping me healthy during recurrences. I can honestly say, 'I am a cancer survivor’.” 

Over 1,900 names are currently displayed on the donor wall, representing a collective accomplishment of giving since the foundation’s inception in 1984. 

As donors reach various levels of contributions, their name is added to the donor wall which is updated annually. 

The Fall Friendship Dinner acknowledges those who are moving on to the donor wall for the first time, or whose cumulative giving is moving them to the next level of recognition.

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