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Community Involvement

Mike and Heidi King and their children Brett and Brynn - ©King Family
Mike and Heidi King and their children Brett and Brynn – ©King Family

True North Clinical Research matching donations in support of Breakaway for Kids with Cancer Cycling Adventure, NS Strong team. 

Brett King a grade 10 student from Horton High School, tragically lost his mom Heidi King to cancer earlier this year. To honour her memory, he will be raising funds to help children diagnosed with cancer. His team “NS Strong” will be cycling in a series of challenges throughout the summer to raise awareness and funding for this amazing cause.

True North Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director, Dr. Mark Johnston has a personal connection to Heidi, as they went to high school together. Dr. Johnston fondly remembers Heidi as one of the nicest people you could meet. Dr. Johnson said Brett’s perseverance in the face of adversity inspired him to donate to this cause.

True North will be collecting and matching donations from the public up to $10,000. Donations can be dropped off at any True North location until August 31st, 2021. 

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Annapolis Valley company’s matching challenge leads to huge success for Make-A-Wish radiothon

PORT WILLIAMS, N.S. —
An Annapolis Valley family that was touched by Make-A-Wish has paid forward the support that was shown to them – in what turned out to be a big way. True North Clinical Research medical director Mark Johnston said his son, Ewan Johnston, was diagnosed with metastatic cancer three years ago on Dec. 21. Ewan was 15 years old at the time. The Port Williams resident said his son’s diagnosis would have been fatal five years earlier, but fortunately, he received some cutting-edge therapy and Ewan won his battle. He’s now been cancer-free for two-and-a-half years. Johnston said he knew a little about the Children’s Wish Foundation (which has since amalgamated with and is now known as Make-A-Wish Canada) at the time of his son’s diagnosis but he wasn’t intimately familiar with the charitable organization. That would soon change. In December 2018, a year to the day after Ewan was diagnosed, his wish of a family vacation to Atlantis in the Bahamas was granted… Read More

True North Clinical Research supports the Caleb’s Courage Fund

True North Clinical Research supports the Caleb’s Courage Fund

A cancer diagnosis in Dr. Mark Johnston’s family was the inspiration behind a $25,000 donation to the Caleb’s Courage Fund, from True North Clinical Research.

After hearing about Caleb’s Courage and the work that is being done in Cape Breton, Johnston, who has been practicing psychiatry for over 15 years and is the principal investigator at True North Clinical Research, a research company based in Halifax and New Minas, decided his business wanted to help sick children in Cape Breton… Read More