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The Grateful Patient program through the Foundation at Royal Inland Hospital gives the opportunity for patients to share their stories and to thank specific caregivers to whom they are grateful. Stories may be shared on our webpage and in other publications. So if you have been a patient in either Royal Inland Hospital or any of the local feeder hospitals and would like to share your story, feel free to click on the ‘Share Your Story’ button. If you would like to make a donation in appreciation of a specific caregiver or just as a general donation, please click on the ‘Make a Donation’ button. Thanks!

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Overjoyed with optimism and excitement, Brianna Shelton was entering her third trimester when an unanticipated diagnosis significantly altered her pregnancy journey. Already given birth to her healthy son Beckett just 14 months prior, Brianna was well prepared for...Read More


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On December 9th, 2019, Laura Drennan underwent a battle for her life after she suffered from a debilitating stroke, which landed her in Royal Inland Hospital for four and a half months. With strength, perseverance, and the help of the incredible caregivers at RIH, she was able to return home and reunite with her loved ones...Read More


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Living with constant, debilitating pain makes even the simplest daily tasks a challenge. This is what Robin Ten Heggeler was facing due to severe arthritis in both her hips. But she kept putting off hip replacement thinking “it was going to get better”. Robin does admit that had she ...Read More

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Reaching the age of 80 is a milestone that is celebrated, and Rose Stapleton was able to do just that on October 24, 2019. Happy Birthday! Rose lived to see this remarkable day, thanks to the medical teams at the Cariboo Memorial Hospital ...Read More


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There are many reasons to be grateful when welcoming a new member to the family. For the Stannard family, July 22, 2020, was a perfect example. Arriving in the late afternoon at Royal Inland Hospital (RIH), Tara was in full labour...Read More

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After retiring as a Manager at Weyerhaeuser, Larry was enjoying retirement. Physically fit and trim, Larry could not complain of any health issues. But when he started having strange recurring symptoms in and around his throat area, he went...Read More


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It is not your average seven year old who is thinking about philanthropy and giving back in the memory of a loved one. Wise beyond her years, Abigail (Abby) Bucoviz, donated her birthday money and funds raised selling squash, totalling ... Read More

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Receiving a cancer diagnosis is not easy, particularly when it comes out of the blue. This is exactly what happened with Don Reid, who was having a procedure done for a completely different reason, and was told that he had bladder cancer...Read More


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On Sunday, January 9th, Maury Hik woke up to some unfamiliar aches and pains. It started with excruciating pain in his jaw and transitioned into a heaviness in his chest. He hoped that these uncomfortable sensations would soon pass but when his arm...Read More