Success Stories

GRATEFUL PATIENTS - Bill Cey and Family 



A lifelong farmer, Bill Cey suffered complications after surgery in North Battleford. He was rushed by ambulance to Royal University Hospital, where he lay in a coma for six weeks. Throughout this time, his wife Ethel and their eighteen children paid vigil at his bedside. When Bill pulled through, they made a donation to the RUH Foundation's Royal Vital Care Campaign in gratitude for the care he received.

After his recovery, Bill returned to the Intensive Care Unit at RUH several times to thank his caregivers and show them how well he's doing. On a recent visit with his son Lester, he presented another generous donation from his family.

"We are so grateful, and that gratitude is ongoing. It doesn’t end now that dad’s better. It is eternal."   - Bill's son, Lester Cey

Of course, Bill remembers little of his medical ordeal. When he regained consciousness, his mind was back in the 1950s and he expected to see his parents walk into the hospital room, not his own wife and grown children! When he was well enough, his sons Lester, Joe and Gary drove him out to his farm at Wilkie, where the present came flooding back. By harvest time he was out on the combine. An avid horse breeder, Bill fulfilled a dream by purchasing a prized Clydesdale horse from Scotland.

Arla Gustafson, CEO of the RUH Foundation, was very touched by the Cey family donation. “We know there are many grateful patients and their families who make donations to the hospital that served them so well, but seldom do we learn their stories as we have with the Cey family. It’s very moving.”

Did you make a donation to RUH Foundation in gratitude for the dedicated care you or a loved one received at RUH? Tell us your story by email.





At RUH Foundation, we create excellence in health care by raising funds that anticipate and respond to needs for innovative research, education and patient care at Royal University Hospital.

Copyright Royal University Hospital Foundation 2012. All rights reserved.

                                                                                                                CONTACT INFORMATION


Royal University Hospital Foundation
Room 1626
103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon, SK  S7N 0W8
Office: 306-655-1984 Fax: 306-655-1979

Charitable Business #11927 9131 RR0001

Complaints Policy