Tania Sorge Doris Lapico
Tania Sorge, Amber Hunter, and Doris Lapico
In 1997, T2B was founded by two local women, Doris Lapico and Tania Sorge, who shared a similar story. Having spent a great deal of time in the hospital with their families and loved ones, the two felt the need to change the experience of cancer for patients and families while in a hospital setting. The goal in 1997 was to refurbish two Oncology rooms and bring in a warm comfortable surrounding for patients and families having to be in the hospital during difficult times. From this, a grassroots organization that is now known as Transition to Betterness (T2B) began and continues to touch many local families and patients in our local community.
Refurbished rooms help make hospitals feel less clinical and more like home. Since 1997, T2B has enhanced the hospital rooms at Windsor Regional Hospital’s Met Campus Oncology Unit, Palliative Care Rooms at Windsor Regional Hospital Ouellette Campus, Leamington Memorial District Hospital treatment room, Paediatric Oncology Satellite Unit at Windsor Regional Hospital and Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare’s Palliative Unit. T2B has piloted over 17 programs and continues to operate and fund them annually.
T2B is Formed
T2B Committee is formed and fundraising begins with the first Gala event
Money raised goes towards renovation of two oncology rooms thus starting the first T2B program, Room Refurbishments.
T2B is incorporated as a non-profit organization without share capital and the first Board of Directors formed.
T2B registers as a Charitable Organization
T2B becomes registered as a charitable organization with the capacity to provide tax receipts under the guidelines of the Canada Revenue Agency.
T2B Partners with Hospice
T2B starts a partnership with the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County helping to furnish the Transition Home at the Hospice Village and also supporting the Hospice Physician Pain Management Program which T2B has supported ever since.
First Annual Golf Tournament
T2B establishes it’s signature Annual Golf Tournament in honour of Shelia Nicodemo McKee
Board of Directors recognizes the growth of organization and therefore increases the staff complement to 3.
Junior Committee Established
The Junior Committee was established. What a great opportunity for young people to learn about giving back to their community.
Paediatric Oncology Satellite Unit
With funds from the 2005 Orange Campaign, T2B unveils Windsor’s 1st < a href="/completed-projects/t2b-paediatric-oncology-satellite-unit/">Paediatric Oncology Satellite Unit so that patients do not need to travel far for all treatments. From the Satellite Unit T2B introduces some of its first paediatric programs.
T2B Celebrates 10 Years
T2B celebrates its 10th Anniversary
Our paediatric programs expand with the introduction of the Nutrition Room
Art Cart and Art & Music Therapy
Green Roof Project
T2B’s Green Roof Project
provides paediatric patients with a fun safari theme outside their window rather than an industrial roof.
Walk with your Doc
The Walk with Your Doc event was started.
More growth experienced at T2B and the staff increases to 4.
T2B’s Concierge Program
begins. The program offers patients and families with complimentary items and an emotional support system while staying in the hospital.
T2B’s programs continue to grow and therefore the staff does as well, now employing 5.
Holiday Meal Program
T2B launches the Holiday Meal Program
for the palliative unit in the kitchen of the T2B Supportive Care Unit, Stephanie and Barry Zekelman Wing
10th Annual Golf Tournament
T2B celebrates it’s 10th Annual Golf Tournament in honour of Shelia Nicodemo McKee
2B Youth Ambassadors
T2B introduces the T2B Youth Ambassadors
, a group of 10-17yrs committed to raising awareness and making a difference in their community. Funds support T2B’s commitment to Ronald McDonald House Windsor as well as T2B’s Paediatric Programs.
T2B Healing Garden Funding Committed
T2B’s Annual Golf Tournament Committee commits to funding the T2B Healing Garden in honour of Dr. Lisa Ventrella-Lucente.