Events & Gaming
There are many ways to get involved and enhance the care, teaching and research at St. Joseph’s. Join us at one of our annual fundraising events or host your own celebration.
St. Joseph’s corporate sponsorship program is an excellent opportunity to align your company’s brand with one of Canada's leading academic hospitals. Every year we host two signature events: St. Joseph's Tribute Dinner and Breakfast of Champions. These events help us showcase the work we do to enable world-class care, teaching and research. As a valued partner, your company can reach a large audience through a variety of corporate recognition opportunities.
Our partners and friends also host dozens of community events in support of St. Joseph's.
- Attend one of our signature events: Breakfast of Champions or Tribute Dinner
- Host your own community event or celebration in support of St. Joseph’s
- Learn how you can sponsor an upcoming event or support one of our major funding priorities.
Dream Lottery has raised more than $27.1 million (net) since 1996 to support innovative equipment and technology, research, teaching and unique patient care initiatives at St. Joseph’s Health Care London, London Health Sciences Centre and Children’s Hospital at LHSC. These hospitals combined, receive more than 1.5 million patient visits each year from across Southwestern Ontario and beyond.
All Dream Lottery details including: rules, prize list, maps to the dream homes and their open hours, virtual home tours, sales deadlines, draw dates – and how lottery proceeds benefit patients at all three hospitals - can be found on the Dream Lottery website.
Meet the 2016 Spring Lottery patient spokesperson: Ann Imrie.
It was Christmas 1965 when Ann Imrie’s uncle took one look at her and knew she had diabetes. Living with diabetes himself he recognized the signs, but he didn’t have the heart to tell Ann’s mother during the holidays.
She was diagnosed a few days later. I was 10. I had dropped 20 pounds in two weeks. I remember being so thirsty I ate an entire box of mandarins all at once, one after another.
Today, Ann, 61, is proud to be living well with insulin-dependent diabetes for 50 years. She receives ongoing care and support from her care team at St. Joseph’s Health Care London, including her endocrinologist Dr. Irene Hramiak.
Reflecting back on her life though, Ann describes an over protected childhood being watched like a hawk by her worried parents who limited her to more sedentary activities.
Something else Ann never forgot is being told she would not live a long life and having to give up on her dream of becoming a nurse because the hours, she was warned, would be impossible to manage.
Fifty years later, it’s a very different world for those living with type 1 diabetes, and few are as struck by the stark contrast as Ann, whose daughter was diagnosed 18 years ago, at age 13. I was in and out of hospital, staying up to two weeks at a time, says Ann. My daughter has never spent any time in the hospital except to have her baby. She was a figure skater. Whatever she wanted to do she could do.
Ann credits the difference to better diabetes testing, control, research and knowledge. Like her daughter, she uses an insulin pump. And like her daughter, there are now no limitations to what she can accomplish with a little planning.
Despite some diabetes-related complications, she has travelled the world and is reveling in being a grandma.