Canadian radio icon and long-time Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) Foundation supporter Erin Davis shared her very personal story about the tragic and unexpected loss of her daughter, Lauren, in an intimate conversation June 4th at the Flato Markham Theatre in support of MSH.
In her new book, ‘Mourning Has Broken’, Davis shares her and husband Rob Whitehead’s long journey through their loss, and how they were determined not only to survive but also to reclaim the joy in their lives.
“I am grateful for the way ‘Mourning Has Broken’ is resonating with others who are learning how to live with loss,” Davis said. “People think that they will never get off the floor, that this can never get better, but it does. With every day, the weight on your chest as you awaken is a little bit lighter until you find that there is a day where you haven’t cried.
“And you find that there is a day with laughter (and) you don’t wince because it feels so wrong to be laughing. That there is joy and that we are meant to be happy.”
“Reclaiming joy with Erin Davis is important because it will support the social, psychological, spiritual and emotional care needs of MSH patients and families who are wading their way through grief and loss,” said Suzette Strong, CEO of MSH Foundation.
Davis was paired up on stage with her long-time radio partner Mike Cooper of 98.1 CHFI when he hosted the afternoon show. Beverly Thomson, CTV News Channel, joined Davis during the evening show.
Davis has proudly supported MSH for over 26 years and will return to Markham on Nov. 1, 2020, to host the 30th Anniversary of Celebration of Hope.
“I return because I get such strength from the women and men who attend,” she said. “It’s incredible to see how much the hospital has grown and evolved over the years. It’s a privilege to be a part of something this significant.”
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Photo: Front, left to right, is Beverly Thomson, CTV News Channel and Erin Davis, Canadian radio icon. Back, left to right, is Allan Bell, MSH Foundation VP; Vivian Risi, Lead Sponsor; Suzette Strong, MSH Foundation CEO; and Mike Cooper, Canadian radio icon.