Thomas Anderson’s experience at VGH was more than surgery to him, it was a journey that led him to discover a sense of community, inspiring him to give back and help others.

In July 2011, Thomas was emergency airlifted to VGH from Powell River, BC, after falling unconscious in a public place. He discovered he had a malignant brain tumor and underwent brain surgery at the expert hands of Dr. Brian Toyota, head of the Division of Neurosurgery at VGH.

After the surgery, Thomas woke up a new man with a fresh perspective and extreme gratitude. “This experience completely changed me,” he said. “The first thing I wanted to do was help people.”

During recovery he appreciated the hard work and dedication of the neuroscience nursing staff who provided him with endless support.

“My nurses wanted to provide better patient care and I wanted to give them what they needed to do it,” said Thomas. Highly motivated to support the team, he made a donation to the unit.

Sadly, Thomas passed away in August 2016. His legacy lives on through the impact he has made on patient care. We are honoured and grateful to Thomas for designating his tax-free savings account (TSFA) to VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.

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