​Compelling success stories demonstrate impact to the lives of patients


Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service's (STARS) patient Jay Rimke almost didn't graduate college.

Part way through his first year of an agriculture management diploma, the vehicle he was travelling in was broadsided by a train. He sustained a severe head injury and slipped into a coma.

"I can't recall the moments before the crash or my rescue, but I know that without STARS I wouldn't have graduated college," said Rimke. "Without STARS – and the medical professionals who fought so hard to save my life – I couldn't have walked across that stage to the roaring cheers of my teachers, family and peers."

Today, Rimke has not only graduated, but is proudly working on his family's farm as an award-winning fourth-generation farmer and rancher.

For more than 30 years, STARS has been helping patients like Jay across Western Canada by providing emergency medical transport for the critically ill and injured. The service operates three bases in Alberta, two in Saskatchewan and one in Manitoba, and has a fleet of helicopters and other emergency transport vehicles that can quickly access patients in rural and remote regions and provide them with life-saving support.

This year, Rimke is one of 13 Very Important Patient stories featured in the 2017 edition of the STARS calendar. In the same way STARS was there for Rimke, Viterra is there for STARS.

For the second year in a row, Viterra is the presenting print sponsor of the calendar – one of the charity's single, largest fundraising programs. Viterra is also selling the calendars at 63 of its facilities across Western Canada.

Andrea Robertson, STARS president and CEO, said support from Viterra bolstered this year's calendar, which features bold artwork and compelling success stories about some of the patients STARS has cared for across Western Canada.

"We are grateful for the vital support we receive from families, communities and organizations like Viterra," said Robertson. "Every year, we impact the lives of thousands of patients and we simply couldn't do it without your support."

For Kyle Jeworski, Viterra's president and CEO for North America, partnering with STARS is a natural fit.

"STARS provides hope when people are at their most vulnerable," said Jeworski. "Through their tireless efforts, STARS has touched the lives of many, including our employees, our customers, and their families. At Viterra, we're proud to continue our significant support of this critical service."