Donor Stories

Researchers Benefit from Wyrzykowski Gift – Awards launch three new investigations

 

Dr. Grant Pierce, Executive Director of Research, St. Boniface Hospital; Dr. Larry Hryshko, Principal Investigator, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences (ICS); Dr. Jeffrey Wigle, Principal Investigator, Vascular Development, ICS; Mr. Conrad Wyrzykowski; Mr. Charles (Chuck) LaFlèche, President & CEO, St. Boniface Hospital Foundation; Dr. Bruce Roe, President & CEO, St. Boniface Hospital; Dr. Amir Ravandi, Principal Investigator, Cardiovascular Lipidomics, ICS.

Dr. Grant Pierce, Executive Director of Research, St. Boniface Hospital; Dr. Larry Hryshko, Principal Investigator, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences (ICS); Dr. Jeffrey Wigle, Principal Investigator, Vascular Development, ICS; Mr. Conrad Wyrzykowski; Mr. Charles (Chuck) LaFlèche, President & CEO, St. Boniface Hospital Foundation; Dr. Bruce Roe, President & CEO, St. Boniface Hospital; Dr. Amir Ravandi, Principal Investigator, Cardiovascular Lipidomics, ICS.

 “I was taught to help others,” says a modest Conrad Wyrzykowski, 87.

It’s a simple philosophy that has driven the retired farmer and lawyer, and his family, to support St. Boniface Hospital Foundation over the years. Most recently, the family’s generous gift will help three researchers get new investigations off the ground.

Three $100,000 grants were awarded through a competitive process earlier this year. Proposals were reviewed by adjudicators from outside St. Boniface Hospital. The process generated considerable excitement and resulted in exceptional ideas coming forward.

“Once again, Conrad and his family have done a very special thing for us,” says Dr. Grant Pierce, Executive Director of Research at St. Boniface Hospital. “Each research project could have important clinical implications for cardiac care.”

The grant recipients are Dr. Larry Hryshko, who is investigating ways to preserve the quality of donor hearts before transplant; Dr. Amir Ravandi, whose work in blood analysis will help detect the nature of a patient’s stroke, thereby saving precious minutes and reducing the risks of treatment; and Dr. Jeffrey Wigle, who is studying the cardiac benefits of cyanidin-3-glucoside, a compound found in certain berries.

Wyrzykowski’s history with St. Boniface Hospital includes a $1 million gift in his wife’s memory to establish The Evelyn Wyrzykowski Family Research Chair in Cardiology, and generous gifts to launch The Evelyn & Conrad Wyrzykowski Endowment Fund; The Wyrzykowski Family Studentship Fund; and The Wyrzykowski Family Spiritual Care Endowment Fund. When in better health, he visited terminally ill patients, administered communion, and served on the Hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council, as well as a Foundation committee.

“He is a great guy and an exceptional role model,” says Dr. Pierce. “He is always helpful and friendly. We are moved, impressed, and grateful that he and his family see the importance of research and are happy to support it.”

Thanks to generous donors, our researchers are able to make discoveries that save lives.

 


More donor stories

Keeping in Touch 

Our Donors Have Heart

Stan Mazur

Paul Albrechtsen

Leo Shearer

John Bockstael

Abdo (Albert) El Tassi