Terri Bradshaw, a volunteer with The Scarborough Hospital’s Regional Renal Centre, was presented with a Human Touch Award (HTA) from Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) on April 25. The HTAs honour frontline cancer and renal healthcare professionals, providers and volunteers who provide exemplary and compassionate care in Ontario.
Bradshaw has always gone the extra mile for The Scarborough Hospital Regional Renal Centre. As a patient herself, she understands the unique needs of people with kidney and renal disease and is a strong patient advocate. She looks for educational opportunities, and provides innovative and creative ideas for patient workshops. In addition, Bradshaw has participated in and coordinated fundraising events for the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
“Volunteering certainly provides much needed support to the recipients, but make no mistake, when you give of your time and talents, it is the volunteer who benefits the most,” says Bradshaw. “Although I have already received many rewards just by volunteering, it always feels special to be recognized and encouraged to continue giving.”
Bradshaw’s contributions to The Scarborough Hospital’s nephrology program are widespread and an inspiration.
“Terri is so deserving of this award. She is one of the most committed individuals in supporting our Nephrology community,” says Ethel Doyle, Patient Care Director, Nephrology and Diabetes at The Scarborough Hospital. “Whether it is supporting a fellow patient through peer support, providing input on program development and improvement, or participating in various nephrology forums at a program, regional or provincial level, Terri is always willing to give what she has. Despite her health challenges, she never wavers. She is an inspiration to our program, to other patients, our staff and to her family.”
The seventh annual Human Touch Awards are co-sponsored by the Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division and helped made possible by a donation from the RBC Foundation.