High­land Fling helps save lives

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - BY DAVE MATHIESON CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD AMHERST

Canada’s 150th birth­day was re­cently cel­e­brated at the 35th an­nual High­land Fling at the Amherst Curl­ing Club.

“It’s lots of fun. The vol­un­teers re­ally en­joy it and there’s lots of kids this year,” said Vicki Da­ley, a mem­ber of the Cum­ber­land Health Care Aux­il­iary High­land Fling com­mit­tee. “We’re thrilled with the turnout.”

The event fea­tured 30 ven­dors, many with a Canada 150 theme.

“We have an RCMP of­fi­cer dressed in the Red Serge at the First Bap­tist Youth Group photo booth where peo­ple can get their photo taken,” said Da­ley.

Be­cause it’s the Fling’s 35th an­niver­sary, the com­mit­tee hoped to raise $35,000, with the money go­ing to­ward the pur­chase a cry­otome, an im­por­tant piece of sur­gi­cal equip­ment used at the Cum­ber­land Re­gional Health Care Cen­tre.

“The piece of equip­ment we cur­rently have is com­ing to the end of its life,” said Da­ley. “It’s a very valu­able piece of equip­ment and min­i­mizes the need for hav­ing more than one surgery.”

A cry­otome is used in surg­eries in­clud­ing thy­roid cancer, skin cancer and gen­eral surgery.

“It tells the doc­tor whether the cancer has been re­moved and it is also a valu­able di­ag­nos­tic tool,” said Da­ley.

Da­ley thanked all the vol­un­teers and ven­dors who helped make the 35th fling a success.

“All these in­di­vid­u­als and char­i­ties raise money for the hos­pi­tal,” she said. “They all have their own causes but for this day they come out and raise money for the hos­pi­tal. It truly is a com­mu­nity event.”

DAVE MATHIESON/CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD

Dr. Brian Fer­gu­son helps three-year-old Ella Zoll­ner hear the heart­beat of her stuffed ele­phant while her grand­mother, Sharon Skin­ner, looks on. Kids re­cently lined up at the High­land Fling to get their stuffed an­i­mals ex­am­ined by Dr. Fer­gu­son.

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