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To kick off February, we’re excited to share a historic announcement and celebrate Heart Month by showcasing your heartfelt impact and support!

Peter Gilgan and Lynne Hudson

Announcing The Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers at Women’s College Hospital

Women’s College Hospital Foundation is thrilled to announce that Peter Gilgan, one of Canada’s most influential philanthropists, and the Canadian Cancer Society have made a transformational joint gift to launch a major initiative to transform care for women’s cancers.

Catherine Atkins

Heart Month: Building health and confidence at WCH

Catherine Atkins is confident that she’ll be the first woman in her family to live past the age of 60 thanks to the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative at Women’s College Hospital, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary of changing lives. In honour of Heart Month, we invite you to read Catherine’s story and learn more about the program that has given her health and confidence!


Thank you for your heartfelt messages of support!

We asked our donor community to share messages of support for women recovering from a heart attack at WCH’s Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative. Your heartfelt notes of hope, strength and encouragement are on display in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Gym so that patients can read them while they exercise! Click through to view a photo gallery of the notes.


Moms, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, families and friends — like you, they are our top priority. Your investment in Women’s College Hospital is an investment in the well-being of the people you love.

Better Now

Video: Closing the data gap to achieve equity in healthcare

With your support, Women’s College Hospital is committed to making healthcare more equitable, more accessible and more impactful for women and for everyone. One way we’re doing this is by closing the “data gap” — or the information we have available through research — so we can better understand the unique needs of both women and men. Click through to learn more about the data gap in relation to care for older patients from Dr. Paula Rochon, vice president of research at WCH.

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Take care: Health tips from WCH experts

Did you know that enrolling in an exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation program following a heart attack significantly lowers the risk of dying from heart-related causes? Unfortunately, women are much less likely than men to enrol in a cardiac rehab program and significantly more likely to drop out once enrolled.

WCH’s Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative (WCHI) is working hard to close this critical gap by addressing the barriers women face when it comes to accessing care. Click through to learn more about how WCHI is helping women take the first step to cardiac rehab.

Upcoming events
International Women’s Day luncheon supporting WCH

Be part of an engaging and empowering luncheon event raising funds for Women’s College Hospital’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre.

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MAY 25
An evening of fun and fundraising for hereditary cancer research

Enjoy an evening of fun, food, networking and impact at a special event supporting hereditary breast and ovarian cancer research at Women’s College Research Institute.

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JUN 10
SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women 2017

Registration is now open for the 2017 SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women! With 5k and 10k options, this run/walk community event raises vital funds for WCH’s Women’s Mental Health Program.

Register today »
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