Couple LaSalle donates $1 million to London hospital

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A LaSalle man who has undergone a kidney transplant has donated $1 million to the London hospital that performed the life-saving procedure.

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The London Health Sciences Center announced on Wednesday that Keith Lavergne and his wife, Leanne, have made the donation to the hospital’s Urology Department.

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The donation will be used to establish the Keith and Leanne Lavergne and Family Chair in Urology to support research and development in the department.

“Hope is a powerful motivator and it gives you the ability to keep fighting,” said Keith Lavergne, who received a kidney transplant from his cousin, Dave Lavergne, in August 2018. “Over the next 10 years you will see some remarkable progress made with the research being done through the Lavergne Chair. We only hope that our donation can help save more people living with kidney disease now and in the future.”

The Lavergne Chair will support annual catalyst research grants and sustainable fellowship programs in the division in specialty areas such as transplantation, oncology, men’s health, functional urology, endourology, and minimally invasive surgery.

Keith and Leanne Lavergne will be shown at their home in LaSalle on Thursday, September 22, 2022.  The couple donated $1 million to the London Health Sciences Center after Keith had a life-saving kidney transplant.
Keith and Leanne Lavergne will be shown at their home in LaSalle on Thursday, September 22, 2022. The couple donated $1 million to the London Health Sciences Center after Keith had a life-saving kidney transplant. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

Funding will also go towards faculty development and research projects for Masters of Surgery fellowship.

“The Lavergne Chair enables us to conduct groundbreaking research, including moonshot projects in areas such as basic sciences, clinical trials, quality improvement and surgical education,” said Dr. Alp Sener, head of urology and the inaugural Lavergne Chair. “Ultimately, these research projects have the potential to have a major impact on patient care in the future, but they are not possible without funding.”

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