Fight­ing for a good cause

Group sur­passes $100,000 in funds for can­cer cen­tre

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF BOULARDERIE

The Boularderie Mam­moWar­riors have raised more than $100,000, in­clud­ing a to­tal of $32,226.26 this year, for the Cape Bre­ton Can­cer Cen­tre.

“When it was an­nounced that the Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val had been can­celled for 2015, our team was pretty dev­as­tated,” said San­dra Kay, a mem­ber of the Boularderie Mam­moWar­riors. “We re­grouped quickly and de­cided to find a way to turn the bad news into good.”

The group fundraises all year long for the can­cer cen­tre.

She said the con­cern was that since the fes­ti­val was can­celled, the public per­cep­tion was the team was can­celled as well.

“Once we’d over­come that hur­dle, we thought to turn the lack of a fes­ti­val into an op­por­tu­nity for a big thank you to our com­mu­nity and sup­port­ers from the Mam­moWar­riors,” Kay said. “Be­cause the Cape Bre­ton Can­cer Pa­tient Care Fund re­lies on our fundrais­ing, we wanted to present our monies in mid-July as usual.”

The group pre­sented rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Cape Bre­ton Can­cer Cen­tre with a do­na­tion dur­ing a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion at Ross Ferry Marine Park in July.

“The needs in the Cape Bre­ton Can­cer Cen­tre con­tinue to grow, with in­creas­ing num­ber of di­ag­noses each year and higher pa­tient vis­its. Hav­ing the ded­i­ca­tion and sup­port of com­mu­nity groups, like the Mam­moWar­riors, we are able to bet­ter care for Cape Bre­ton­ers bat­tling can­cer,” said Brad Ja­cobs, CEO Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion. “This group, most of them sur­vivors, know too well the im­por­tance of hav­ing avail­able treat­ment at home in Cape Bre­ton. We celebrate with them and thank them for their com­mit­ment as they reach their $100,000 mile­stone this year.”

Danielle John­ston, man­ager of an­nual giv­ing for the hos­pi­tal foun­da­tion, was on hand for the pre­sen­ta­tion, as well as other foun­da­tion staff, when Boularderie School stu­dents pre­sented the $1665.40 they raised in their Walk for Care last Oc­to­ber to the Fes­ti­val’s dragon mas­cot.

“We feel as though we’re part of a much larger team made up of the en­tire com­mu­nity,” said Kay. “And that’s a won­der­ful thing, be­cause do­na­tions of all sizes add up quickly.”

She added that the em­pha­sis for the cel­e­bra­tion was to thank the lo­cal com­mu­nity, fam­ily, friends, and sup­port­ers for their en­cour­age­ment and gen­eros­ity over the years.

“In our eight years to­gether, we’ve raised over $100,000, and this year’s to­tal is our largest so far. Our team has con­sis­tently won the fes­ti­val’s award for most funds raised, and last year placed placed 8th over­all in the fes­ti­val races.”

Fundrais­ing events have in­cluded a soup lun­cheon in the fall; the night at the nun­nery event in the early spring, a bake sale with flow­ers be­fore Easter; a tur­key salad lun­cheon on Fa­ther’s Day and two es­tate sales with the team man­ag­ing sales and dis­plays of house­hold goods and var­i­ous other fundrais­ers when the team see an op­por­tu­nity.

“When it was an­nounced that the Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val had been can­celled for 2015, our team was pretty dev­as­tated. We re­grouped quickly and de­cided to find a way to turn the bad news into good.” San­dra Kay, a mem­ber of the Boularderie Mam­moWar­riors

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Mem­bers of the Boularderie Mam­moWar­riors are shown here in­clud­ing, from left to right, Michelle Stewart, Jody Mac­Don­ald, Rhoda MacCormick, Heather Pero, Cameron Stewart (on pipes), Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion CEO Brad Ja­cobs, Deb Din­nan, Meg Horne, Mag­gie Horne , Nancy Boutilier, Marie Frosst, Mary Walker, Bruce Hol­lett, Graca Hol­lett (in hat) San­dra Kay, cap­tain, and Brenda MacLeod with Mas­cot Ruby the dragon, also known as Jil­lian Haw­ley, in back.

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