Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation

Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation

June 19, 2005 11:30 ET

Seven-year-old Sam gives back through Mount Sinai Hospital Walk/Run

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Photo Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 19, 2005) - When Sam Cruxton was born premature seven years ago, his mother Jenny didn't initially understand why that happened. Three days later, she found out she had gestational diabetes.

As a result, Sam was delivered after only 29 weeks at the tender weight of three pounds. Sam was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was placed in the neo-natal intensive care unit. Today, Sam suffers from the odd spell of asthma and Jenny needs to keep on top of her diabetes.

But otherwise, thanks to receiving the best medicine, they lead healthy, happy lives. Sam was among the many patients who gave back to his healthcare team by raising money and participating in the Mount Sinai Hospital Walk/Run for The Best Medicine held at Queen's Park this morning.

"During his stay back in 1998, the nurses and physicians were amazing," says Jenny, recalling how her anxieties were quelled as staff took time to communicate with her. "They kept my husband Mark and I informed all the time about what was going on with Sam and really treated us like we were part of a broader family. It was very reassuring."

Sam and Jenny were among more than 2,000 participants that included other grateful patients -City Councillor Olivia Chow and husband Jack Layton, Federal NDP leader.

"During my treatment, the staff at Mount Sinai were outstanding and made me feel like a part of their family," said Councillor Chow, who has recovered from thyroid cancer after surgery and treatment at Mount Sinai.

The total funds raised will be tallied in the coming weeks, but Carol Wilding, President of the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation said the event was an important success.

"From generation to generation, patients and their families have benefited from The Best Medicine offered at Mount Sinai through enhanced and ongoing quality of life," said Ms. Wilding. "The Walk/Run is a way for them to give back to the hospital community and they have done that with flying colours today."

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Contact Information

  • Rob McCartney, Manager, Media Relations, Mount Sinai Hospital
    Primary Phone: 416-586-3161