“I ended up being the first in my family’s generation to be diagnosed,” Shea says. “I got a call personally from one of the [TRCHR] researchers…the work that’s been done since has completely changed my experience and my journey. I’m supported and protected, and my family is supported and protected, and you can’t repay that. I want to thank the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research from the bottom of my heart.”
About the Rogers Foundation
The Rogers Foundation was established by the late Ted Rogers (BA 1956 TRIN U of T, LLB 1961 Osgoode, Hon LLD Western 1996, Hon DSL 1997 TRIN U of T, Hon LLD 2002 U of T, Hon LLD Toronto Metropolitan University 2004) and his wife, the late Loretta A. Rogers (Hon LLD Western 1996, Hon LLD Toronto Metropolitan University 2004, Hon LLD 2018 U of T).
Ted Rogers was the founder, President & CEO of Rogers Communications Inc. Under Ted’s leadership, the company became a media and communications powerhouse, with interests in radio and television stations, cable distribution, publishing, wireless, internet, the Toronto Blue Jays and Rogers Centre. In his later years, Ted was diagnosed with a heart condition that eventually led to congestive heart failure. He passed away at the age of 75 in 2008. To honour his memory and unshakable entrepreneurial spirit, the Rogers Foundation made a landmark $130-million donation in 2014 to create the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research.
Loretta Rogers, who recently passed away at the age of 83, was Rogers Communications’ longest-standing director and a driving force leading the Rogers Foundation. She served on the boards of the University Health Network Foundation, the Bishop Strachan School Foundation, the Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation, the Robert Bateman Foundation and was the founding Director of Sheena’s Place. She was also a driving force behind the initial $130-million gift to establish the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research.
The Rogers Foundation is a generous supporter of many other causes. The organization most recently donated $60 million to several charities to support Canadians affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
About the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research
Founded in 2014, the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research’s mission is to transform and dramatically improve the future of heart health for children, adults and families across Canada and around the world, through an integrated program of outstanding research, education, and clinical care. At the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, pre-eminent experts in a variety of disciplines including cardiology, bioengineering, computer science, cell biology, pediatrics, nursing, genomic medicine, and immunology work together to accelerate the discovery of new approaches to treating heart failure. A model for collaborative medicine, it has reaffirmed Toronto as a global hub for cutting-edge cardiovascular research.
About The Hospital for Sick Children
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is recognized as one of the world’s foremost pediatric health-care institutions and is Canada’s leading centre dedicated to advancing children’s health through the integration of patient care, research, and education. Founded in 1875 and affiliated with the University of Toronto, SickKids is one of Canada’s most research-intensive hospitals and has generated discoveries that have helped children globally. Its mission is to provide the best in complex and specialized family-centred care; pioneer scientific and clinical advancements; share expertise; foster an academic environment that nurtures health-care professionals; and champion an accessible, comprehensive, and sustainable child health system. SickKids is a founding member of Kids Health Alliance, a network of partners working to create a high quality, consistent and co-ordinated approach to pediatric health care that is centred around children, youth, and their families. SickKids is proud of its vision for Healthier Children. A Better World.
About University Health Network
University Health Network encompasses the Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and The Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN has made it a national and international source for discovery, education, and patient care. UHN has the largest hospital-based research program in Canada, with major research in arthritis, cardiology, transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, surgical innovation, infectious diseases, genomic medicine and rehabilitation medicine. University Health Network is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.
About the University of Toronto
Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada’s leading institution of learning, discovery, and innovation, and one of the world’s top research-intensive universities. Its faculty members are global leaders across the humanities, sciences, social sciences and professions. Its students enjoy an extremely wide range of opportunities for community and cocurricular learning. And the university’s more than 660,000 alumni are prominent in every walk of life across more than 190 countries.