The heart is close to home

Donor shows gratitude for successful surgery


Leo Shearer

Leo Shearer is 86-years-old and walks three miles, three times a week. He also recently went the distance for St-Boniface Hospital Foundation with a major donation to express his gratitude for his life-saving heart surgery in 2014.

“I noticed a change in my health and went to my doctor,” says the semi-retired Winnipeg businessman. “I ended up getting a valve replacement and bypass surgery.”

He was so impressed by the care he received, he decided to contribute to a cardiac surgery simulation room. It was his second major gift to the Foundation, having contributed to the purchase of an ultrasound machine a number of years ago.

“I always like to give,” says the Beausejour-born Shearer. “I feel they are doing a superb job at St-Boniface and if I can afford it, I should help.”

Shearer believes charitable giving is a key factor in the success of health care. In fact, until about a decade ago, he was an active volunteer fundraiser for the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore where he had prostate surgery many years ago.

His heart, though, is closer to home.

“I want people to know there is not much better care you can get in the world than at St-Boniface Hospital. We’re very lucky to have this facility and these people.”

To support this, and other great work being done at St-Boniface Hospital, click here to make a donation to St-Boniface Hospital Foundation’s Radiothon of Hope and Healing.


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