Bob's Story: Doing his part to help build a healthier Niagara

May 01, 2018

Bob Young, a life-long farmer and Niagara resident, is also a life-long supporter of the Niagara community. From donating his hand-carved wooden toy cars to his unwavering support of Niagara Health Foundation, Bob is continuously giving back to the community he feels ‘has been good’ to him.
Joking that he must have dirt running through his veins, Bob opened Young’s Sod Farms in 1958 in Fenwick. By the 1980s, the business was doing well enough to start giving back to community hospitals in the area. Bob and his late wife Shirley continued to contribute to local healthcare after selling the business 12 years ago.
When asked why he feels it is so important to support healthcare in Niagara, Bob simply states, “I don’t know of any type of support that would help the entire community better than giving to the hospitals.”
Bob feels that, “the whole community benefits from healthcare – some rarely need it, while others need it all the time.” Both he and his wife benefitted from surgical care at the Welland Site, his family has received great care at the Port Colborne Site and Bob has even had an MRI scan at the St. Catharines Site. His experiences at Niagara Health have always been positive and instilled in him an admiration of the staff.
Through his donations, Bob feels that he is helping provide the equipment the staff need to do their jobs. Donor dollars help ensure that Niagara Health’s care teams are able to provide extraordinary patient care – including Bob’s daughter-in-law Noreen who works in Niagara Health’s Special Care Nursery. Bob and Noreen are both doing their part to help build a healthier Niagara!

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