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George’s Grateful Patient Mail Appeal


My name is George, a long-time Chatham-Kent resident and former Sergeant in the Chatham-Kent Police Service. When I retired from the force in 2017, I looked forward to decades of health and happiness with my wife Darlene at my side. Life had other plans.

In January of 2020, I was rushed by ambulance to Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s (CKHA) Chatham site. I had developed a blood clot that seriously affected my colon, kidneys, and liver. While I don’t remember what happened in the days that followed, Darlene explained to me later:

I was fighting for my life.

Before this experience, I had never spent a night in the hospital. Now here I was, spending three straight months at CKHA, splitting time between the Wallaceburg and Chatham sites.

We are so fortunate to have well-equipped hospitals only minutes from home. Thanks to the life-saving equipment at CKHA, along with talented and compassionate staff to deliver care, they were able to surgically remove the blockage, heal my wound, and restore function to my vital organs.

Because of the amazing care provided at CKHA, I was able to go home.

Thanks to a generous matching gift from a anonymous donor, your gift today will have
in supporting CKHA’s highest priority needs.


Donate today, and the impact of your generous gift will be matched dollar for dollar to support the highest priority needs at CKHA, to ensure that we all receive the expert care that we need.

Having access to equipment like the wound VAC machine at CKHA can make a world of difference. It healed the large open wound in my abdomen while allowing me to stay close to my loved ones at home.

An investment in CKHA is also an investment in the frontline staff who deliver such exceptional care every day. The staff at CKHA treated me like family; two of the nurses even helped me through those difficult days by speaking to me in Portugese and making me home-cooked Portugese food!

Without the modern equipment and amazing frontline staff at CKHA, I would not be here today.

I never expected to need the services at CKHA, and I am so grateful they were here for me. Many patients from across Chatham-Kent continue to need critical hospital care that your generous gift will provide.

Remember, there has never been a better time to give. Your gift today will be matched dollar for dollar to DOUBLE its impact for patients in our community.

Donate today to enhance the world-class healthcare available right here in Chatham-Kent. Take it from me: you never know when YOU are going to be the one who needs it.


George Vieira
Chatham, ON

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