Giving the Gift of a Lifetime

Royal Columbian Hospital was Gordon Rice’s hospital. “He was always impressed with the care and kindness at Royal Columbian,” says Sharon Hughes about her stepfather, who was treated at the hospital over the years for heart and bowel ailments.

That care and kindness was returned when Gordon, a long-time New Westminster resident, left a sizeable donation in his will for the hospital. Mr. Rice’s thoughtful gift was used to purchase equipment that promises to make a huge difference in the lives of patients who need it. It’s known as a cryoablation machine and kills certain tumours by freezing them. It’s faster and less invasive than surgery, with a quicker recovery time – and no scarring.

Ten-year-old patient Sam Stewart knows the benefits of cryoablation first-hand. He had a benign tumour on his right femur bone that was causing considerable pain and was affecting his ability to walk and play his favourite sports. The evening after he had his cryoablation treatment, he had his first pain-free sleep in months.

Cryoablation can be used for different types of tumors (benign and cancerous) in a number of areas and organs throughout the body, including the kidneys, liver, lungs and prostate. This makes it an important tool for treating many different types of cancers. And because no surgery is involved, physicians can often save much of the patient’s affected organ.

Gordon’s gift is a fitting legacy for a man who was known to frequently help others.

Royal Columbian Hospital is one of B.C.’s busiest hospitals, serving one in three British Columbians. We are a provincially designated hospital for cardiac, trauma, neurosciences, high-risk maternity and neonatal intensive care. To find out how your legacy gift can make a difference, please contact Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation and speak with Catherine Cornish at 604.520.4902 or


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