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Generous donation from Bradford family advances ability to diagnose and help cardiac and cancer patients at Southlake

Wednesday November 10, 2021

NEWMARKET, ON: Southlake received a significant gift of $1.2 million thanks to long time supporters Brian and Sandy Hudson. As a result, two state-of-the-art SPECT CT cameras are now available to combine scans from two different types of pictures. Primarily used for cardiac and cancer patients, the combined scan provides greater diagnostic accuracy and less time to undergo test procedures.

“We are grateful to have the support of the Hudson family. Their gift has already made an immeasurable positive impact on the lives of patients at Southlake,” says Jennifer Klotz-Ritter, President and CEO, Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. “Their continuing support and philanthropic leadership inspire others to give and increases their impact.”

The Hudsons know all too well about the volume of tests required when someone has a major illness. They lost their daughter, Lara, to cancer when she was just 35 years old. “Our daughter was a happy person, a mother of two children who were her life,” says Sandy Hudson. “Even though it has been 17 years since she left us, it seems like yesterday.”

To honour her, Brian and Sandy, together with their son David and his wife Catherine, created the “Lara Anne Hudson Foundation.” Over the years, the Foundation has made many contributions to Southlake, including funding an orthopaedic operating table.

While the original motivation for their financial support of Southlake was their daughter, today, they also realize the need to ensure Southlake can provide the leading edge care its communities deserve.

“We are grateful that we could fund something that will not only make testing more efficient and comfortable for patients, but it may lead to earlier and more accurate diagnosis and perhaps even save lives,” says Brian Hudson.

To learn more about the impact of the Hudsons’ gift or to make a donation please visit southlakefoundation.ca


About the SPECT CT scanner
A SPECT CT cameras completes both a SPECT (single-photon emission computed tomography) nuclear medicine scan and a CT (computed tomography) scan at the same time. It then merges the images to provide precise data to radiologists and medical professionals. Unlike an x-ray, this advanced technology shows both form and function to utmost diagnostic accuracy. As a result, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, and cardiac specialists will have confidence in having the very best image quality for developing treatment, post-treatment and follow-up plans.

About Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation
Since the inception of Southlake Foundation in 1980, more than $213 million dollars has been raised in support of Southlake Regional Health Centre. Working with members of the community, hundreds of volunteers, the Southlake Family and our incredible donors, Southlake Foundation will continue to support life-saving medical equipment, infrastructure upgrades and expansions, patient programs and staff education, all for the goal of providing leading-edge care for patients and families, close to home. For more information visit: southlakefoundation.ca.