"Your daughter has cancer."
For any parent, these are perhaps among the most frightening words you can hear.
My name is Brenda Mackie, and I would like to tell you why this Mother’s Day is extra special for me – and why I will be supporting the Lois Hole Hospital for Women.
My husband Ron and I are blessed to have three beautiful daughters. Our second daughter, Kara, was only 22 years old when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Kara was young, vibrant and so full of life – how could this happen? There were hardly any symptoms and she wasn’t feeling ill. I knew cancer could happen to women my age, but to my daughter?
Full House Lottery 2013
This year's Full House Lottery boasts three huge blockbusters: The Vista II, The Greyhawk, and The Chopin - three incredible houses that come with new cars and cash. That's right: even the prizes have prizes! This year's Early Bird Prize is a stunning 2014 Aston Martin plus a trip to London and $10,000 in cash.
Of course, Full House Lottery is about more than great prizes, it's about a great cause. This year, the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation wants to bring robotic surgery to the Lois Hole Hospital for Women with the purchase of a da Vinci Robotic Surgery System. The University Hospital Foundation will be expanding the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at the Mazankowski Heart Institute.
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We Deserve da Vinci
Community support was instrumental in the creation of the Lois Hole Hospital for Women and will continue to be vital as our hospital secures its place as a national leader in women’s health excellence. The purchase of a dedicated da Vinci Robotic Surgical System is one step in that goal.
The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System is a sophisticated system designed to facilitate a minimally invasive approach to surgery and has numerous benefits over traditional methods, including less pain, less scarring, a shorter hospital stay and a significantly reduced recovery time for patients.
Bringing a da Vinci Robotic Surgical System to the Lois Hole Hospital for Women will be of tremendous benefit to the thousands of women in Alberta who will face a diagnosis of cancer in their lifetime. The technology also represents a significant benchmark of achievement in the young life of our new women’s hospital and, in fact, will be the first surgical robot in Canada dedicated exclusively to gynecological cancers.