dedication to health care initiatives...........
A message from Steven Plunkett -
President, The Plunkett Foundation
The Plunkett Foundation was established in 1997, I had already been
witness to the long and difficult battles my father, Dr. Earl Plunkett
and my mother, Corinne Plunkett, had waged with the illnesses that
eventually took their lives. I had also seen many good friends struggle
with serious and sometimes disabling health problems. Their strength
has served as an inspiration to me to do what I can to support our
medical community in its work to prevent such suffering.
we began the Foundation, our goal was to fund a wide variety of community
projects, but today it is clear to me that our support is most needed
in the areas of research and medical equipment. That will remain our
focus in the future.
father was a man whose dedication to medicine came in many forms.
Even late in his remarkable career, Dad worked seven days a week,
pausing only on Christmas Day in a year-long stretch. He was loyal
to his patients, answering their calls at any hour he was needed,
always treating them with gentle respect.
father also dedicated himself to research and education. When he opened
the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Unit (REI) at University
Hospital in London in 1984, it was an undertaking that would touch
the lives of thousands of couples who had previously been unable to
conceive a child. Because the unit was the first of its kind in Canada,
he generously shared his expertise with other physicians and the unit
became a model for REI clinics around the world. At The University
of Western Ontario and internationally, he taught and lectured thousands
of the highlights of the last two years for me was a tour I took of
the London Health Sciences Centre's REI unit and a visit to what used
to be my father's department. He would, I think, be pleased to know
that the Foundation has helped to fund the purchase of medical tools
that have replaced outdated equipment that he likely ordered himself
some fifteen years ago.
London medical community has a long and proud heritage of cutting
edge research and significant breakthroughs, and it is very satisfying
to contribute to that heritage. My work with the Foundation allows
me to "give back" to the community that has been so good
to my family.
|I would like
to offer my sincere thanks to members of The Plunkett Foundation Board
of Directors who have each brought their unique expertise to the table.
I look forward to continuing our work together to provide financial
resources to support exciting and innovative health care initiatives
in London and surrounding counties.