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Mammogram fundraising campaign receives $25k boost - May. 28, 2014

Kathy Bockus
St. Stephen
Charlotte County Cancer has donated $25,000 to the fundraising campaign to help purchase a new mammogram machine for the Charlotte County Hospital.
Representatives of the locally based society made the cheque presentation Monday evening to Steve Backman, chair of the Charlotte County Hospital Foundation.
The foundation kicked off an ambitious campaign at the first of May to raise half the cost of the $350,000 digital direct radiography (DR) mammogram machine. The provincial government has committed to the other half of the cost. A spokesperson for Horizon Health Network said the machine will be in place and operational by this fall.
“It is an amazing gift from Charlotte County Cancer,” said Ruth Kirk, vice-president of the CCH Foundation. “It’s wonderful to be associated with a long standing operation such as theirs.
“We are both concerned about the health of the women of Charlotte County and we hope what we do encourages women to have the test done and enjoy better health in the future.”
“This donation was a huge boost to the campaign,” said Steve Backman. “This is a small group of volunteers who put a lot of effort into raising money to put back into the community. For them to give us a chunk like that was uplifting.”
Backman said this recent donation puts the campaign at $41,000 in just three weeks.
Blaine Holmes, president of Charlotte County Cancer, said the decision to make the large donation was unanimously approved by the board of directors at the 57th annual general meeting of the society.
Holmes said his agency heartily supports the campaign to purchase the new mammography unit.
“We see it as helping people in the long run. We want to be proactive, encourage early screening so women can be treated earlier.”
He said he hoped the Charlotte County Cancer donation to the campaign will spur other groups and organizations to follow suit.
Charlotte County Cancer provides financial assistance to regional residents living with cancer for prescription drugs, ostomy supplies, transportation to doctor appointments and treatments, prosthetics and other expenses related to treatments for cancer.
Fundraising efforts by this volunteer group have enabled it to give almost $150,000 last year to approximately 150 clients.
Holmes said having the new mammography machine in St. Stephen will help ease the travelling burdens of Charlotte County residents, such as those who live in Campobello.
“It will make it more convenient. A lot of people don’t go to Saint John (for the test) because of the hassle.”
The $175,000 fundraising campaign is going to get another boost. At its board meeting, the hospital foundation voted to donate $22,000 to the campaign in memory of the late Wayne Cummings who was a foundation member. “We’re donating $1,000 for each year Wayne served on our board,” explained Backman.
That puts the total of the fundraising campaign at $63,000.

kathy@stcroixcourier.ca