From November to January, the winter wonderland trees at VGH and UBC Hospital will be filled with thousands of angels carrying messages of love an gratitude to friends and family, medical teams and hospital staff, and all the angels in our lives.
Thanks to generous donors, the Angel Campaign has raised over $2.5 million since 2001. Your donation will support the most urgent needs in our hospitals, including purchasing critical equipment, funding high-impact research projects, and advancing patient care to deliver BC’s best, most specialized care for adults.
Paul Dragan is a husband, a father and a business owner who nearly lost his life after being shot near his bicycle shop over a year ago. He believes he is alive and recovering today because of the passion and expertise of the VGH Trauma Team, his angels he is honouring this year. Click below for Paul’s angel story.
“When they brought me into the hospital, I was clinically dead and had no pulse,” Paul says. “It’s a real testament to the trauma system at VGH and the skill of the people there that I’m here talking to you today.”
I’m honouring Dr. Henry Broekhuyse, my physiotherapist Tracy Ross, and the entire rehab team of ‘angels' at GF Strong for helping save my life. In 2014, a serious car accident left me in critical condition with a broken pelvis, arm and a major brain injury. For over two months, the medical care I received was amazing, but it was the emotional support that lifted my spirits into recovery. Every day, the staff would come in with a smile or ask me how my day was. I am so grateful for all the help and support from my entire medical team. Read more Ovey Yeung, Grateful Patient
This year I’m honouring Dr. Erin Brown as my angel. In 2012, I was airlifted to VGH after a dump truck backed over me and dragged me 30 feet, crushing me from the chest down. Dr. Brown was the first doctor to treat me and since then, he has been an integral part to both the physical and emotional aspects of my recovery. Thank you, Dr. Brown, for being a wonderful person and for reminding me to take care of myself every day – I am lucky to call you my angel. Read more Shannon Chin, Grateful Patient