Can­cer cam­paign gets $10M

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHRIS SHAN­NON CAPE BRE­TON POST cshan­non@cb­post.com

SYD­NEY — The Cape Bre­ton Can­cer Cares cam­paign has re­ceived an­other large con­tri­bu­tion, this time from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

The Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion re­ceived $725,000 from En­ter­prise Cape Bre­ton Corp., which will go to­ward the $10 mil­lion cost of ex­pand­ing the can­cer cen­tre and pur­chas­ing state-of-the-art di­ag­nos­tic and sur­gi­cal equip­ment for can­cer care, as well as mon­i­tors for the hospi­tal’s neona­tal care unit.

Last week, credit union branches in Cape Bre­ton pre­sented the hospi­tal foun­da­tion with a cheque for $250,000.

De­fence Min­is­ter Peter MacKay made the an­nounce­ment to a large crowd in the hospi­tal’s cafe­te­ria, Thurs­day.

“Can­cer pa­tients are able to stay home in Cape Bre­ton, close to fam­ily and friends, which we all un­der­stand is an im­por­tant part of the heal­ing process,” said MacKay, who made the an­nounce­ment for ACOA Min­is­ter Keith Ash­field.

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.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment had al­ready an­nounced its in­ten­tion to spend $5 mil­lion on the can­cer cen­tre ex­pan­sion project through its health-care wait times guar­an­tee agree­ment with the prov­ince.

“We will be open this sum­mer treat­ing pa­tients in our ex­panded can­cer cen­tre and Hal­i­fax will be putting the shovel in the ground to start construction,” said John Mal­com, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Cape Bre­ton District Health Au­thor­ity.

The hospi­tal foun­da­tion’s goal of rais­ing $3.6 mil­lion in the com­mu­nity is within reach, and MacKay said that money will be paired with fed­eral and pro­vin­cial dol­lars to fur­ther im­prove equip­ment and ser­vices.

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