Cape Bre­ton Cares has raised $2.5M

Cam­paign clos­ing in on goal of rais­ing $3.6M for can­cer and neona­tal care

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY ERIN POTTIE

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.

Erin Pottie - Cape Bre­ton Post

Some branch man­agers of Cape Bre­ton credit unions hold a $250,000 cheque given to the Cape Bre­ton Cares cam­paign, Thurs­day.

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