Dynamic duo lead Campaign to Cure Arthritis
Long-time UHN supporters, Bryce Douglas and Tony Fell have stepped forward to cochair the Campaign to Cure Arthritis. In doing so, each has also pledged a transformative gift.
Together with his wife, Nicki, Bryce has given a gift of $2 million to establish the Nicki and Bryce Douglas Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery. The Chair will be held by the Head of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Nizar Mahomed, and will support orthopaedic research, surgery and clinical care.
Tony and his wife Shari Fell have committed $3 million to support the research that strives to make hip, knee and joint replacement a thing of the past. This research aims to pinpoint biomarkers that will aid in early diagnosis, develop alternative treatments and ensure that prevention methods are in place.
The goal of the Campaign to Cure Arthritis is to raise $25 million in support of initiatives that benefit the Arthritis Program at Toronto Western Hospital.
"This Campaign is about fostering research currently underway that is focused on making hip, knee and other joint replacements a thing of the past," says Bryce. "With an all-out effort and systematic approach to arthritis research we can make this happen."
Adds Tony: "Across Canada, surgeons conduct over 100,000 joint replacements annually. In addition to the immeasurable pain and suffering arthritis causes the individual sufferers, it also costs the Canadian economy billions of dollars every year. Finding ways to cure joints without replacing them would be a huge breakthrough."
Bryce and Tony have a history of success working together on major campaigns. In 2001, they helped lead the Together We Make Life Better Campaign, the first major fundraising initiative benefitting UHN. At that time, it was the largest hospital campaign in Canadian history, raising over $554 million for programs that span the spectrum of care, research and education at UHN.
Over 4.5 million Canadians are affected by arthritis with osteoarthritis being the third leading cause of disability in Canada. Over $21 billion is spent on arthritis care.