has a very personal reason for supporting the Lois Hole Hospital
for Women, one that is turning tragedy into triumph.
daughter Terry passed away from breast cancer in 2008, Gillian
launched a personal campaign that not only raises funds for a cause she
holds dear, but serves as a way to honour Terry's memory.
Gillian has been a dedicated member of the Community Outreach Committee on the Lois Hole Hospital for Women Campaign since 2006.
enthusiasm is quite contagious, something that has been appreciated by all of the Community Outreach Committee members.
What started out as a simple volunteer commitment became something more personal for Gillian
"Terry was always interested in my involvement with the Lois Hole Hospital
for Women," explains Gillian
fully supported its philosophy and she
completely understood the value that a facility of this calibre would mean to women.
Since Terry passed away, the Lois Hole Hospital
- and the hope it represents - is more important to me than ever."
In the spring of 2009, Gillian
resolved to ensure that Terry's struggle with breast cancer was not in vain.
approached the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation
with the idea of organizing a walk in honour of Terry, with proceeds supporting the Lois Hole Hospital
found an existing event - CIBC's Run for the Cure - that would meet her
After a passionate recruitment campaign over the summer, more than 180 people registered as members of The Terry Horwitz Team for the 2009 Run for the Cure.
Gillian was delighted with the response and proudly led the team on the 5K walk through the streets of Edmonton on October 4.
For some, this would have been enough of an effort, but Gillian
is only getting started.
goal is to have a room named in Terry's honour in the Lois Hole Hospital