Cape Breton Cares has raised $2.5M
Campaign closing in on goal of raising $3.6M for cancer and neonatal care
SYDNEY — The Cape Breton Cares campaign has raised $2.5 million to enhance cancer and neonatal care on the island.
The announcement was made during a reception in Membertou on Thursday, when credit union branches in Cape Breton presented a $250,000 donation.
Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation chief executive officer Barbara Stead-Coyle said it’s exciting to know they’re nearing the community’s goal of raising $3.6 million.
She said a second funding announcement will take place Thursday during a visit from federal Defence Minister Peter MacKay.
“It’s going to be big,” said Stead-Coyle, adding the announcement will take place at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital where the $10-million cancer centre expansion project is taking place.
Each day, 100 people rely on the Cape Breton Cancer Centre for diagnosis and treatment. Last year, more than 30,000 patient visits were made to the cancer centre and in 2007, more than 1,000 Cape Bretoners were diagnosed with cancer.
Construction of the cancer centre expansion began in April.
“I think it’s only fair to say no family in Cape Breton has gone untouched by cancer,” said Bob Coffin, general manager of the Sydney Credit Union. “So for this reason contributing funds to the Cape Breton cancer centre was a natural avenue for credit unions to follow since one of the credit union’s key principals is showing concern for our community.”
The regional hospital also houses one of two neonatal intensive care units in Nova Scotia, where on approximately 300 premature and sick babies are treated annually.
The neonatal unit, now more than 12 years old, requires new equipment such as body function monitors, a central monitor and a cardiac monitor.
Some branch managers of Cape Breton credit unions hold a $250,000 cheque given to the Cape Breton Cares campaign, Thursday.