How VGH Restores Lives Like Steve Blackthorne’s

Steve Blackthorne was just 36 years old in 2001 when he started to have tremors. He didn’t know it then, but this was an early sign of Parkinson’s disease.

At first, medications were managing the symptoms. But over the years it only grew worse and soon the medications couldn’t address the increasingly powerful tremors.

“I started to have dystonic episodes four to five times a day,” says Steve. “It got to a point where if anyone asked me to come out, I would decline. I was afraid of convulsing in front of people.”

Steve stopped doing a lot of things in his life. He went from being a 210 pound athlete down to 160 pounds. He lived in constant fear of the pain and tremors, and as his condition kept deteriorating the fear only grew stronger.

Then he was referred to Dr. Christopher Honey, Neurosurgeon at VGH and UBC Hospital, for a life-changing medical procedure.

False Creek – Let’s Take a Walk

It’s easy to want the space and quiet that comes with the suburban life; a neighbourhood you can walk around without a care in the world. Some of us want that with a little more jazz though, a place close to the action with excellent places to eat, drink, or relax within walking distance.

Enter.. False Creek. Specifically the area around Olympic Village. We took a walk around for you so we could see what it’s got to offer you when you choose our Vancouver Grand Prize home package. Unsurprisingly we were far from disappointed. Let’s take a look!

It’s a Win-Win: Get your Millionaire Lottery tickets, help save lives in B.C.

It’s a win-win.

When you get your Millionaire Lottery tickets, you’re helping save lives right here in B.C. – and every purchase goes directly to VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. And you’re also playing to win incredible, life-changing prizes – including multi-million dollar home packages in some the province’s most desirable locations.

“The selection of grand prize show homes this year is over the top,” says Todd Talbot, the Millionaire Lottery’s spokesperson and the host of ‘Love It or List It Vancouver’, who has offered glowing reviews of both the ‘Country Estate’ in Langley and the ‘Ocean View’ home in White Rock. “Truly a spectacular grand prize, and all proceeds from lottery ticket purchases go towards supporting VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation!”

WestCoast Homes: Langley Estate Prize Home Tour

Come along with Arran and Todd to see our stunning Langley estate prize home and see what they think of it! You could move in before the spring and start making yourself at home in this huge 6 bedroom (includes a 2-bed suite), 5 bathroom estate home boasting a half-acre of property.

See the Home online or visit In-Person (open every day from 11am to 4pm at 21754 88th Avenue, Langley).

VGH – Brad Baylis Beats the Odds

This story comes from the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation website, and Brad’s story is part of a series on new Brain Bolt technology, made possible by donor funding, being pioneered at Vancouver General Hospital

Brad Baylis, 39, was driving to his home in Prince George after spending a weekend at the Bulkley Valley Fall Fair with his girlfriend Carla Lewis. But he would not make it home that night.

A moose ran out of the woods and Brad’s SUV hit it head on, sending him careening into a ditch nearly a kilometer down the road. The crash knocked Brad unconscious. The commotion alerted a nearby resident who immediately called 9-1-1. A passerby also stopped to help until first responders arrived on the scene.

Brad was airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital where the medical teams evaluated his injuries — which were severe. He had fractured his cheek, orbital and nasal bones, the upper palate in his mouth, and his forehead. His brain had extreme swelling and bleeds. When Dr. Myp Sekhon first looked at Brad’s CT Scan, he couldn’t believe what he saw.

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