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Harvey Carriere

Ask anyone who knew Harvey Carriere what he was like, and they would all tell you the same thing. Harvey was fun loving, happy and always a joy to be around. He loved to keep busy and build things, puttering around in the yard or working on cars at the body shop he owned with his brother from 1974 until 2002. His giving nature shone through when Harvey decided that after he passed, the proceeds of the sale of his prized 1966 Ford T-Bird would be donated to the Hospitals of Regina Foundation.

When Harvey first started having gall bladder pain he visited a few doctors before it was recommended he make a trip to the Regina ER. This trip resulted in a 5 day hospital visit so Harvey could undergo an Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography procedure which examines the pancreas and bile ducts. The results showed that Harvey had a tumor in a bile duct above his pancreas and would require a difficult and long operation called the Whipple Procedure. The successful operation took eight hours and removed 14 lymph nodes, revealing 2 of them to be cancerous.

After surgery, Harvey spent a month in the hospital under the care of Dr. James Carter and his team. Harvey’s wife, Sheran says “It was hard to be away from home that long but Dr. Carter and the staff were really wonderful. I can’t say enough nice things about them.” While he was released from hospital, it was advised that Harvey undergo chemotherapy, which he did for the next 3 years. “It was hard for him at times. He was worried about catching a germ or getting sick so he would see our grandchildren less, and was less busy.” Sheran recalls.

“Harvey was a supporter of the Hospitals of Foundation lottery for many years and one night decided he should leave a donation in his will” Sheran says. “He had planned to hand the T-bird down to our grandson, but he ended up being a Chevy guy. Harvey and our grandson always joked back and forth about Chevy vs Ford and how a Chevy guy couldn’t possibly own a Ford”. After spending time receiving care in Regina’s Hospitals, Harvey wanted to give back to the amazing staff that cared for him. Selling the T-Bird and donating the proceeds was the way to do it.

“A donation of any size ensures that future generations are well taken care of with the best local health care possible” Dino Sophocleous, president and CEO, Hospitals of Regina Foundation, says. “We are so grateful for the thoughtful gift from Sheran, in memory of her husband, Harvey, and everyone who chooses to support the Foundation.”

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